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Mendelssohn Piano Trios
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Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma together again on this disc available now from amazon, iTunes and retail outlets.


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Itzhak Promotes Documentary “God’s Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz”
Posted Apr 07, 2015 by itzhakperlman

unnamedItzhak Perlman was recently interviewed by Jack Ford at WNET Studios for Peter Rosen’s documentary, “God’s Fiddler” about the world’s most renowned violinist, Jascha Heifetz. The documentary features rare family home movies in Los Angeles and all over the world.

Jascha Heifetz was the first truly modern virtuoso, a man about whom Itzhak Perlman said, ‘When I spoke with him, I can’t believe, I’m talking to God’.

A musical wunderkind, Jascha Heifetz set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. This film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do, so well known in popular culture that his name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny to The Muppets, to Woody Allen.

Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius. The paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts – gifts he must honor, but which extract a life-long price. Is the man and the artist the same person? What is the price each pays? And who was the man behind the music?

The American Masters documentary Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler premieres on PBS starting April 16, 2015.

20th Anniversary of ‘Fiddler’s House’ at Carnegie Hall
Posted Mar 30, 2015 by itzhakperlman

01.27Itzhak Perlman joins the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) for its centennial gala concert presentation of “In the Fiddler’s House” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The performance features Klezmer musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling, Judy Bressler, Frank London, Hankus Netzky, Lorin Skamberg, Andy Statman, and The Klezmer Conservatory Band, along with special guests.

The 20th-anniversary return of his highly popular “In the Fiddler’s House” program celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish and klezmer music.

“Klezmer has everything you want, ethnically, and yet it’s so intertwined with American culture,” Paul Morrissett says. “We want to make sure that we are part of a living tradition, and living traditions change; they don’t stay in a pickled form.”

Itzhak Perlman’s PBS Television special Great Performances: In the Fiddler’s House won an Emmy Award in 1995. A recording of the same name was simultaneously released by EMI Classics/Angel, featuring THE KLEZMATICS accompanying Mr. Perlman on his first foray into klezmer. This album has since topped World and Classical music charts internationally, becoming one of the top selling folk albums of the past decade.

Itzhak Trivia Challenge for Fans
Posted Mar 23, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Can you guess all these icons have in common?

In celebration of the Summer 2015 releases of two forthcoming box sets of Itzhak Perlman’s entire discographies on Deutsche Grammophon/Decca and EMI/Warner/Angel Classics, we are looking back on highlights from Itzhak Perlman’s extraordinary career.

One special moment in Perlman’s career was his debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. “Performing on the Ed Sullivan Show was a watershed moment in my career,” says Itzhak Perlman.

The one things that all of these amazing entertainers have in common is that they made their debuts on the Ed Sullivan Show in this Perlman Pursuit puzzle.

Itzhak Perlman first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1958, when he was just 13. He was discovered in a talent search to find an Israeli representative for Ed Sullivan’s “Caravan of the Stars” U.S. tour. His debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” was a breakthrough not only for classical music, but also for Perlman, who rose to new heights of fame. He appeared again at the age of 19 in 1964, on the same show with the Rolling Stones.

There were countless acts and performers who made their debuts or their most famous television appearances on TV’s longest-running variety show including The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Martin and Lewis, Dinah Shore, Albert Schweitzer, Irving Berlin, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, Eddie Fisher, and The Beatles.

Itzhak Set to Perform to Sold-Out Audiences in Tallahassee
Posted Mar 17, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Photo: Robert Torres

Photo: Robert Torres

Itzhak Perlman kicks off his Florida recital tour with a sold-out appearance at the’Opening Nights Performing Arts Series and Festival’ at the Ruby Diamond Auditorium in Tallahassee, FL on Thursday, March 19, 2015. His longtime collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva will be joining him in recital.

“He introduced and played the pieces that showed off the things that many listeners love best about him: his sweet silvery tone, his dazzling technique, and not least, his engaging way of talking to an audience,” said David Wright for the Boston Classical Review about Itzhak’s performance in November 2014.

The sold-out Tallahassee performance is the first of Itzhak’s five city music tour of the ‘Sunshine State’ with dates in Sarasota (3/21), Naples (3/22), Fort Lauderdale (3/23) and Jacksonville (3/24).

The mission of Opening Nights Performing Arts Series and Festival at Florida State University in Tallahassee is to engage the university, local, and global communities in creative experiences. Since the inaugural festival sixteen seasons ago, Opening Nights has grown into an annual series of performances from October through April, while continuing to embrace its history in presenting a two-week February festival – bringing performing arts presenting at Florida State University full-circle to the days of the Artist Series and Fine Arts Festival.

Itzhak is Surprise Guest at Billy Joel’s MSG Concert
Posted Mar 12, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Itzhak Perlman and Billy Joel

Itzhak Perlman and Billy Joel

On Monday, March 9, 2015, Itzhak Perlman surprised 19,000 fans at Billy Joel’s Concert at Madison Square Garden, NY, NY. The two music icons collaborated on the song, “The Downeaster Alexa” from Billy Joel’s eleventh album, Strom Front in 1990. The song is sung in the persona of an impoverished fisherman off Long Island and the surrounding waters who, like many of his fellow men, is finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet and keep ownership of his boat. Itzhak Perlman is billed as the “world famous incognito violinist” in the song’s credits. The two performed the songs, “The Downeaster Alexa” and “And So It Goes” on stage to the cheers of the MSG fans.