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Mendelssohn Piano Trios
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Facebook Fans Reflect on Itzhak’s Sesame Street Appearance
Posted Jul 14, 2015 by itzhakperlman

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Recently Itzhak Perlman shared a Throwback Thursday Facebook post from his 1981 Sesame Street appearance with ‘Oscar the Grouch.’

Several fans commented on the post. One fan, Amanda Diamond, shared her memories:

“My daughter saw you on Sesame Street when she was 18 months old and said, “I want to be just like him!” I asked her if she wanted to play like the muppet and she said, “no, the other guy!” She started studying violin at 3 1/2 and viola at 4 1/2. She’s now 8 1/2, still playing both instruments, playing Vivaldi and Telemann and loving it. And it all started because she saw you on Sesame Street when she was a toddler,” posted Amanda Diamond.

In a similar vein, Sphinx Competition winner violinist Elena Urioste who recently shared how Ithak’s Sesame Street appearance impacted her love of music: “I saw Itzhak Perlman performing on the television show Sesame Street and was instantly captivated. It wasn’t so much a question of what area of music I wanted to enter; I just knew that I wanted to play the instrument that I was seeing on the screen in front of me!”

“Sesame Street”, which debuted in 1969, bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other creatures involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities.

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Enjoy Audio Samples of ‘Itzhak Perlman – The Complete Recordings’ Box Set
Posted Jul 07, 2015 by itzhakperlman

87149Music fans rejoice! You can now hear samples of the recordings featured on the new Warner Classics’ release, ‘Itzhak Perlman – The Complete Warner Recordings’ on the Warner Classics website.

‘The Complete Warner Recordings’‘ embraces every aspect of the Itzhak Perlman’s art. This new box set contains concertos (the ‘essential’ concertos, of course, but also more rarely-heard works, including Itzhak Perlman’s own commissions from living composers); other pieces for violin and orchestra; chamber music; recital and crossover repertoire (including jazz, ragtime and klezmer), and even a disc that focuses on Perlman as narrator and (briefly) opera singer. The recordings document his collaborations with the world’s greatest orchestras and an array of superlative fellow-soloists and conductors, including Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Lynn Harrell, Yo Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn and Pinchas Zukerman.

The box set also contains a beautifully produced hardback book, featuring a wealth of photographs, many of them from private collections and never before published. Running to more than 100 pages, it contains a new interview with Itzhak Perlman (written by Jean-Michel Molkhou), an essay on his life and career and personal tributes from distinguished and varied fellow musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capuçon, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov.

Warner Classics to Release the Ultimate Lifetime Collection of Perlman’s EMI Discography
Posted Jun 25, 2015 by itzhakperlman

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Warner Classics salutes Itzhak Perlman in his 70th birthday year with the forthcoming release of: Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings released on September 25, 2015. Presenting his art in all its warmth, generosity and brilliance, this comprehensive edition comprises 59 albums on 77 CDs and unites the recordings Perlman made for both EMI and Teldec over a total period of more than 30 years.

Available as a magnificent deluxe box set, or as 59 separate releases, Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings embraces every aspect of Perlman’s art. It contains concertos (the ‘essential’ concertos, of course, but also more rarely-heard works, including Perlman’s own commissions from living composers); other pieces for violin and orchestra; chamber music; recital and crossover repertoire (including jazz, ragtime and klezmer), and even a disc that focuses on Perlman as narrator and (briefly) opera singer. The recordings document his collaborations with the world’s greatest orchestras and an array of superlative fellow-soloists and conductors, including Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Lynn Harrell, Yo Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn and Pinchas Zukerman.

The box set also contains a beautifully produced hardback book, featuring a wealth of photographs, many of them from private collections and never before published. Running to more than 100 pages, it contains a new interview with Itzhak Perlman (written by Jean-Michel Molkhou), an essay on his life and career and personal tributes from distinguished and varied fellow musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capuçon, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov.

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Itzhak Perlman Graces the Cover of Listen Magazine for Summer 2015
Posted Jun 18, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Itzhak Perlman graces the cover of the Summer 2015 issue of Listen Magazine on newsstands now.
Listen: Life with Music & Culture is North America’s classical music magazine covering people, places and events; recommendations of recordings, books, and film; and all the many ways our lives are touched by classical music.

In the article, Itzhak Perlman discusses teaching, Mendelssohn, color, chamber music, warhorses, interpretation, solo Bach, and his hair.

Did you know that Itzhak Perlman completed his early violin studies in Tel Aviv then came to New York City, where he was propelled to national recognition with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958 at the age of thirteen?

Following study at the Juilliard School, he won the Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a worldwide career. In 1998, he and his wife, Toby, cofounded The Perlman Music Program, which offers musical training to young string players.

To coincide with his seventieth birthday milestone this August, Universal Classics has released a twenty-five-disc Perlman box set. Not to be outdone, Warner Classics will release all eighty of the violinist’s EMI recordings in an August box-set release, which coincides with a new recital album featuring Perlman performing the Fauré and Strauss sonatas (Deutsche Grammophon) with pianist Emanuel Ax, followed by an eight-city Perlman/Ax tour.

16 year old Journalist Interviews Itzhak Perlman
Posted Jun 10, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Recently Kriyana Reddy, an 11th-grader at International Baccalaureate school interviewed Itzhak Perlman for The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida. Below is Kriyana’s article, “A Music Career is a Passionate Choice”:

While many of today’s teens look to the music industry as a source of entertainment and gossip, few are able to “make it big” and hold onto success; to hold stable careers. Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, for instance, had their fair share of fame. Now, they are known for their hairstyles, fashion choices, and relationship statuses, not for their music.

The new societal emphasis on STEM is also sidelining the possibility of stability in a music career. According to an article published in 2013 in The Atlantic, humanities and arts enrollment has decreased more than 11 percent in the last 40 years. Also, music degrees are perceived as impractical because of the recent decline of music programs in primary and secondary education. In fact, a study published by U.S. News and World Report states that funding for arts and music has been cut in 80 percent of U.S. school districts since 2008.

The statistics seem startling, but students should not be discouraged from pursuing music careers.

Teens, we must also recognize that pop and rap are not the only genres of music worth exploring. Classical music, for instance, is being redefined by contemporary styles and cultural fusions. It has become a lot more interesting than just lullabies and odes. To learn more, I spoke with Itzhak Perlman, world-renowned violinist and 2003 Kennedy Center honoree.

“The arts are not fluff. They are not on the political front burner … we must recognize that without them, we are a poor society,” he remarked. Perlman and his wife, Toby, established the Perlman Music Program (PMP) 21 years ago. The program provides students with intensive classical music education, summer camps, residencies, workshops and more. Perlman’s work with youth has allowed him to compare playing music to “speaking English in different accents.”

Young classical musicians are “adapting … playing in ways that were unimaginable 50 years ago.” In this sense, the genre is becoming just as innovative as Top 40 and dubstep.

Perlman encourages students to pursue music careers for several reasons. “Know where your passions lie, and just go with it … be a teacher and a learner … and the level of playing is increasing these days, so your potential to be great is higher,” he explained.

Teens, don’t be afraid to pursue your passions. Consider music as a valid career.

“A Music Career is a Passionate Choice” by Kriyana Reddy reprinted from the Ledger READ MORE: http://www.theledger.com/article/20150602/COLUMNISTS0427/150609894/0/search