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Perlman Music Program: Violin Fest August 17 & 19, 2018
Posted Aug 13, 2018 by itzhakperlman

The Perlman Music Program (perlmanmusicprogram.org) invites all to attend a special summer treat: Violin Fest on the Perlmam Music Program (PMP) campus located at 73 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights, NY, 11965.

PMP alumni Stella Chen, Ariel Horowitz and Luke Hsu will give three concerts at the Clark Arts Center as they prepare for the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Violin Fest details
The performances, free and open to the public, are Friday, August 17 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 19 at 11:30 am.

Stella Chen
Violinist Stella Chen has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as a “rising star to watch”. She’s a graduate of the Harvard College/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. There, she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. She performed as a soloist on tour in Israel and Jordan with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia.

In fall 2016 she began her Doctorate of Musical Arts program at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein. PMP audiences may recall she gave a solo recital here last May. Chen recently was featured on WQXR’s “Midday Masterpieces”.

Ariel Horowitz
Hailed by The Washington Post as “sweetly lyrical”, violinist Ariel Horowitz says on her website, arielhorowitz.com, that she cannot remember life before loving music.

Top prize honors include the Stulberg and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions and The Juilliard School’s Violin Concerto Competition. A student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, Horowitz attends The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Arnold R. Deutsch/Dorothy DeLay Scholarship.

Luke Hsu
American violinist Luke Hsu has been praised for his “sensitivity in tone and deep understanding of every music he plays” (Wieniawski Newspaper). His repertoire ranges from the 17th century to today.

Honors listed on his website include: winner of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (2016)first prize and the Isang Yun prize at the 12th ISANGYUN International Violin Competition (2014) top prize winner at the 10th Nielsen International Violin Competition (2016) and the 6th Windsor International String Competition (2017), first prize and audience prize winner of the Ima Hogg Houston Symphony Competition (2016), and laureate of the 2013 Concours Musical International de Montreal

An avid chamber musician, Hsu plays with the Beacon Street Trio. It was formed at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He also studied with Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and is now at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Rodney Friend.

PMP’s Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series
The Violin Fest performances bookend the first concert of PMP’s 2018 Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series.

On Saturday, August 18, PMP alum violinist Stephen Waarts gives a recital of Fauré, Ravel, Schumann, and Stravinsky. Accompanying him is pianist Chelsea Wang. Tickets are $25 for adults; those 18 and under attend free of charge.

Buy yours online for the 7:30 p.m. performace at the Clark Arts Center, 21 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights.

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‘Itzhak’ Wins The Audience Award at the Rochester Jewish Film Festival
Posted Aug 06, 2018 by itzhakperlman

Alison Chernick’s documentary, “Itzhak” recently won it’s fourth AUDIENCE AWARD at the Rochester Jewish Film Festival. The film’s previous wins include the Miami Jewish Film Festival 2018, the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018, and the Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2018.

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor and, above all, love.

“ITZHAK is a joyous film about a joyous man.”
– Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“‘Itzhak” documentary is available for rent/purchase on both iTunes and Amazon.

“Itzhak” Is Available on i-Tunes & Amazon Starting Friday!
Posted Jul 16, 2018 by itzhakperlman

“‘Itzhak” documentary will be available for rent/purchase on both iTunes and Amazon starting Friday, July 20, 2018.

“ “Itzhak” is ideal for Perlman fans, but it’s also persuasive enough to create new fans. It’s just impossible not to like this guy” Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle.

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman‘s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick‘s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

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Yes, Itzhak Perlman Plays, but the Highlight of the Doc “Itzhak” Is How Much He Talks
Posted Mar 09, 2018 by itzhakperlman

Enjoy Simon Abrams’ wonderful review of the ‘Itzhak’ documentary for the Village Voice:

The makers of the irresistible character-study doc Itzhak capture Itzhak Perlman’s characteristic warmth and bravado through short, anecdote-centric scenes that make the Israeli American violinist sound like a big-hearted raconteur who’s just dying to tell you everything about himself.

Director Alison Chernick wisely suggests that it’s something in Perlman’s bubbly, imperious personality — rather than some singular biographical event, like the musician’s childhood struggles with polio — behind his rise to becoming the rock star of the classical music world. She lets him talk: Come for the soulful musical clips, stay for the great dad jokes about “Jewish Google” and “garbage pail soup.” And she employs pre-existing video and audio footage of Perlman performing to illustrate his abstract, even rambling theories about how he has grown as an artist by answering his Juilliard School students’ questions, or of what one admirer truly means when he compliments Perlman for “praying with the violin.”

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‘ITZHAK’ Documentary Scheduled For Theatrical Release in NYC This March
Posted Jan 31, 2018 by itzhakperlman

‘ITZHAK’, a documentary centered around multi-talented musician Itzhak Perlman, will open in New York March 9th and roll out nationwide. The film, directed by Alison Chernick and presented by Greenwich Entertainment, is also scheduled to be released nationwide at a later date.

From Shubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians

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