Last night WQXR presented Alec Baldwin in conversation with the incomparable, Itzhak Perlman at the NYU Skirball Center in New York, NY.
In this one-on-one conversation, Ithzak Perlman discussed his life and career, from his upbringing as a polio-stricken child of refugees in Tel Aviv to his rise as an international star performing with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, to being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
The evening also featured performances by students from The Perlman Music Program (PMP) in New York, an initiative Itzhak Perlman’s wife Toby Perlman founded to support young musicians (ages 12 – 18) of rare and special talent from around the globe. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and a signature summer program on Shelter Island, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.
Hailed as “funny and insightful” by the Financial Times and named to “best podcast” lists by Refinery29 and Today.com, Here’s the Thing is a series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by Baldwin. He talks with artists, policy makers and performers about their stories, what inspires their creations, what decisions changed their careers, and what relationships influenced their work. For more information, visit wnycstudios.wnyc.org