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Mendelssohn Piano Trios
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“Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” Podcast with Itzhak Perlman Available on Demand
Posted Mar 07, 2019 by itzhakperlman

The legendary violinist talks about his difficult childhood, stricken by polio in the war-torn early days of Israeli statehood — and laughs about his early success, whisked away to the United States at 13 to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. Plus, what makes a truly great instrumentalist? What makes a great teacher? Later, his wife Toby Perlman weighs in, too, so the interview becomes a family affair, topped with a spectacular Mendelssohn performance by eight students from the Perlman Music Program. Toby founded that summer school on idyllic Shelter Island to provide a safe space for young musical geniuses to develop their talents, and themselves. LISTEN NOW

Itzhak Perlman guests on ‘Here’s The Thing’ with Alec Baldwin
Posted Feb 19, 2019 by itzhakperlman

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, 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

Don’t Miss ‘Itzhak’: A Film & Q & A with Itzhak Perlman in Palm Beach, Florida
Posted Feb 13, 2019 by itzhakperlman

The Society of the Four Arts presents a film screening of Alison Chernick’s documentary ‘Itzhak’ followed by a Q & A session with Itzhak and Toby Perlman on Monday, March 4, 2019, 5:30 PM in Palm Beach, Florida.

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.

Tickets: $10
(no charge for Four Arts Members)

Itzhak Perlman’s Winter Tour 2019 – All Tickets On Sale
Posted Feb 04, 2019 by itzhakperlman

When Itzhak Perlman Played Bluegrass With John Denver
Posted Jan 23, 2019 by itzhakperlman

Here’s the clip below from a 1981 John Denver television special, “Music and the Mountains,” filmed in Aspen.

“What a charming example of Perlman’s musical approach. His primary goal: to communicate the meaning within the notes. Clearly, it works for music of any stripe, whether you play in concert dress or western wear,” wrote reporter Jon Pinnow for Colorado Public Radio’s website.

As Perlman once told Charlie Rose, “I like to talk to music. That’s the way I teach. After a while, when you know how to play the instrument, you should forget the instrument. It’s now time to talk the music, to talk the phrases. … When you hear a phrase that you feel is really meaningful, my God, you cannot just play it. You have to speak it.”