Saturday, February 14, 2015

Itzhak Perlman To Lead The Houston Symphony Orchestra This Weekend

Itzhak Perlman
What a special weekend it will be at Jones Hall in Houston Texas as the legendary Israeli-American virtuoso violinist, Itzhak Perlman, will play a duo role by performing and conducting the great Houston Symphony Orchestra.  The fetching Mrs. B and I will be blessed to be at Jones Hall on Saturday night to be with greatness.  

From the Itzhak Perlman web site: "Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.  He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958.  Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr. Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career.  Since then, Itzhak Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

Mr. Perlman ... has performed as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals.   He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004 where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic."

Here is Itzhak Perlman performing John Williams "Schindler's List" with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

Not only do we get to see the legendary Itzhak Perlman in Houston, but what a program it will be with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.  Perlman will conduct and be the soloist in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto #2.  Also, on the program will be Carl Maria Von Weber's concert "Overture to Oberon" and after intermission will be Franz Schubert's majestic Symphony # 9, known as "The Great" Symphony [meaning for its length].  I love all three of the pieces on tonight's program and will be excited to see the virtuoso soloist, Itzhak Perlman also become Maestro Perlman as he will be conducting these three great masterpieces.

As always, whenever Mrs. B and I go to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra in concert, I like to give you a sample of the pieces we will be hearing. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy a little of what we will be enjoying tonight in Jones Hall.

J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto #2 in E-Major, Movement 1 Allegro: 

 Carl Maria Von Webber: Overture to Oberon:

Franz Schubert: Symphony # 9 in C-Major, "The Great", Movement #4 Allegro Vivace:

Also, I want to wish to my wonderful wife Sheralyn, my daughter Ebony, and all of the readers of this blog a very 

Happy Valentine's Day, Sheralyn!         Love, Michael

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