Friday, May 21, 2021

Iconic Violinist Itzhak Perlman Comes To Jones Hall This Weekend

It's that time again when Sheralyn and I make our trek to downtown Houston to one of our homes away from home, Jones Hall, to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra in one of the final concerts of the 2020/2021 season.  [our other home away from home, of course, is Minute Maid Park - to see our great Houston Astros].  This concert will be a special treat, that we are blessed to have tickets to, as the great Israeli-American virtuoso violinist, Itzhak Perlman will play soloist and lead our HSO in an all Beethoven program. 

Itzhak Perlman [born 1945-Tel Aviv]

From Itzhak Perlman
website: "Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates." 

"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."

"Mr. Perlman is a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium, and through this medium he is further delighting his audiences. He 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."

"In February 2008, Itzhak Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts."

"Numerous publications and institutions have paid tribute to Itzhak Perlman for the unique place he occupies in the artistic and humanitarian fabric of our times. Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities are among the institutions which have awarded him honorary degrees. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Juilliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in May 2005. President Reagan honored Mr. Perlman with a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and in December 2000, President Clinton awarded Mr. Perlman the “National Medal of Arts.” His presence on stage, on camera and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of Mr. Perlman’s life."

From the Houston Symphony Orchestra website:  "Legendary violinist and Houston Symphony Artistic Partner Itzhak Perlman returns to the Jones Hall stage, performing Beethoven’s radiant Violin Romances and leading the Symphony in Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and the beloved Symphony No. 7."

Sheralyn and I have seen Mr. Perlman a few times in the past and it is always a wonderful, goose bumps, experience to see and hear this legendary violinist. It is a blessing to once again be in Jones Hall to do so this Saturday night. 

As always, whenever Mrs. B and I go to a HSO concert I like to give you a small example of what we will be hearing.  So, please turn up the volume and enjoy some great music from the master, L.V. Beethoven. In the first video from You Tube, the soloist is Itzhak Perlman, with conductor Barenboim leading the Berlin Philharmonic.

L.V. Beethoven: Romance #2 in F-Major:

L.V. Beethoven: Coriolan Overture  

L.V. Beethoven Symphony #7 in A-Major:

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