Itzhak Perlman, arguably the world’s most famous living violinist, will perform for UA Presents on Sunday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by pianist Rohan De Silva.
The subject of a 2018 PBS documentary, “Itzhak,” Perlman spoke that year to JTA reporter Curt Schleier. “I’m a violinist. I’m Jewish, so that makes me a Jewish musician,” he told Schleier, responding to a question about whether his religious heritage affects his playing. “I’m a musician who just happens to be Jewish. When I play klezmer … ” Perlman added, but as Schleier reported, the violinist was interrupted by Toby, his wife of 51 years, who disagreed, saying “I think you’re the embodiment of a Yiddle with a fiddle.”
Many know the details of Perlman’s life, from his birth in Israel in 1945 and early struggle with polio, to his appearances on concert stages worldwide, as well as American television shows such as “The Tonight Show” and “Sesame Street.” He has played at the White House on numerous occasions, including Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and was honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2003.
More information and tickets for his Centennial Hall performance are available at www.uapresents.org/itzhak-perlman.