Enjoy funny stories, music insights and violin performances on Itzhak Perlman‘s new YouTube channel
The Beethoven Effect celebrates the enduring influence of the great composer. Our current guest curator is violinist Itzhak Perlman, who’s chosen his favorite Beethoven pieces to listen to and perform. “Beethoven was an innovator harmonically, rhythmically, and a master of musical and dramatic intensity,” he tells Apple Music. “In other words, without Beethoven, classical music would not exist as we know it.” Throughout 2020, The Beethoven Effect will be regularly updated by new curators—if you like a piece, add it to your library.
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This past Saturday, October 24, 2020, Itzhak Perlman joined global health experts and Rotary International partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication.
Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.
Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to watch the video.
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Itzhak Perlman is a legend in his own lifetime, one of today’s greatest violinists and the recipient this week of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gramophone Magazine. But now he has a surprising new role: lockdown hero. Through this bizarre year he has popped up on social media in a series of brief videos, telling jokes and playing short solo pieces. No wonder he’s clocked up more than six million views: he makes us laugh, cry and feel less alone. In many ways, he has been doing that all his life. When he beams into my Zoom screen, his image is so familiar that the only surprise is that I can actually speak to him.