The NW Film Center’s Reel Music Festival features plenty of films that should perk up the ears of music junkies as reported by Robert Ham from the The Portland Mercury. The highlight for this writer is Itzhak (screening Sun Jan 14), a portrait of violin maestro Itzhak Perlman that will air later this year on American Masters. Free of stodgy narration and edited in an almost stream-of-consciousness fashion, director Alison Chernick’s loving film works in glimpses of the classical music exemplar’s sizable ego (watch him slyly find a way to get a solo during rehearsals for a guest appearance at one of Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden shows), but the strongest impression that comes across is Perlman’s impressive generosity, as seen in his work with a new generation of musicians.
Itzhak Perlman talks about the Art of Listening, YouTube and his friend President Obama with Los Angeles TimesPosted Jan 10, 2018 by itzhakperlman
It’s the middle of Hanukkah when we talk, but beloved violinist and music icon Itzhak Perlman is working.
Speaking by phone from his New York City home, the Israeli-born star is about to leave for the 2½-week winter residency at the Perlman Music Program in Sarasota, Fla. Then he’ll head to Los Angeles, where he’ll be both soloist and conductor with the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall for performances Jan. 11 through 13. The program includes a work by Brahms, his “early-childhood falling-in-love-with” favorite composer.
“Itzhak,” a recent documentary on the multiple Grammy and Emmy winner, has its California premiere this week at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and runs on PBS’ American Masters next year.
Perlman, engaging as ever at 72, spoke about being the subject of a documentary (twice), why listening is the essential skill needed for playing and conducting, and why YouTube sometimes moves him to tears. READ MORE
For 17 days at the end of each year, the world’s greatest living concert violinist makes his home in Sarasota.
But Itzhak Perlman doesn’t leave New York behind to sit on a beach. It’s not a vacation. He comes here to teach young musicians during the Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency.
With a resume that includes 16 Grammys, four Emmys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Kennedy Center Honor, the 72-year-old Israeli-American icon is always in demand for concert performances. He’s played for presidents, heads of state and the Queen of England.
The thing is, he loves working with students.
“When you teach somebody else, you teach yourself,” Perlman tells Creative Loafing (CL). “And I always tell the kids, never miss an opportunity to teach, on any level. Because it really helps you with your own music-making.”
Reprinted from the article by reporter, Bill Deyoung for the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay website.
Twenty-two years have passed since Itzhak Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, In the Fiddler’s House. The collection of traditional klezmer songs was also filmed as a PBS special, which earned Perlman his third Emmy Award, featuring the reigning violin virtuoso performing in Poland with the world’s finest klezmer musicians. In this live performance, Perlman revisits this meaningful, personal project, featuring music director Hankus Netsky on saxophone and piano, Andy Statman on clarinet and mandolin, members of the Brave Old World and Klezmer Conservatory Band and other special guests.
Established in 2007, Festival of the Arts BOCA was designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach County.
Saturday, February 24, 8:00 PM
Concert: Itzhak Perlman – In the Fiddler’s House
A Klezmer Celebration
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Filmmaker Alison Chernic’s documentary, ‘Itzhak’ will have two screenings at DOC NYC Festival on Thursday, November 16, 2017,The entralling documentary offers a rare glimpse into the life of the greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman and features interviews with his family, his friends and colleagues. Wheelchair-bound from childhood polio, he recounts stories of overcoming obstacles with his talent and humor. We follow him in eclectic settings, from performing with Billy Joel to visiting his native land, Israel. The film offers a poignant portrait of an artist seeking to bridge the past and the present and, through his students, the future.
DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). By 2014, DOC NYC had become America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. It also seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”
In 2016, the festival showcased 200+ films & events, presented by 200+ filmmakers & special guests. Past guests include Hillary Clinton, Emma Watson, Jim Carrey, Thandie Newton, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, Big Bird, Sarah Polley, Jared Leto, Noam Chomsky, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Omar Epps, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Spandau Ballet, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Bela Fleck, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, and The Mekons. Audience attendees have included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Fred Armisen, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Stipe, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Russell Simmons, Darren Aronofsky, Cornel West, Naomi Watts, among others.