Geoffrey and I had the opportunity to see Itzhak Perlman perform last evening at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts. This was our second time to see Itzhak, and I must say his performance was spectacular. Mr. Perlman was accompanied last night by pianist Rohan De Silva and their stunning performance brought the house down with non-stop applause. Before the performance ended, Perlman and De Silva were honored with three standing ovations. It was relaxing and enjoyable and it left me in total awe of the talent of these two classical musicians.
Perlman, primarily a solo artist, has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Isaac Stern and Yuri Temirkanov, to name a few. Born in Israel on August 31, 1945, Perlman is an Israeli-American violin virtuoso, conductor and master-instructor. He is no doubt considered the preeminent violin virtuosi of the 20th century.
Undeniably Itzhak Perlman has reached superstar status as a classical violinist. In his stellar career, there is not a lot that this musical genius has not achieved. The Broward Center For The Performing Arts celebrating their twentieth season was the perfect venue for this classical duo and most every seat in the theatre was filled.
Itzhak Perlman’s list of achievements is long and note worthy. In 2009 he took part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, he was granted a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986 by then President Ronald Reagan and in 2003, President Bill Clinton awarded him the “National Medal of Arts.” In 2007, he performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by George W. and Laura Bush.
Perlman has established the Perlman Music Program in New York, Washington D.C. and Princeton and he has been a big supporter of the Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now Campaign. Throughout his career he has won four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy Awards. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion o Julliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in 2005.
It was an honor seeing Itzhak Perlman perform with Rohan De Silva. They began performing together in the fall of 2010 with recital performances in Chile, Brazil, South Korea and Japan.
A perfect date night for Geoffrey and I – and a treat to be entertained by someone who possesses a God-given talent to make beautiful music. pkp
For every child prodigy that you know about, at least 50 potential ones have burned out before you even hear about them. Itzhak Perlman
I am playing the violin, that’s all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day. Itzhak Perlman