Festival of the Arts BOCA

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Feb 28 - Mar 10, 2019

Constantine Kitsopoulos, 
Music Director


Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, 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 his irrepressible joy for making music. He will make his third appearance at the Festival of the Arts Boca performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Constantine Kitsopoulos and the Festival Orchestra.

He has performed multiple times at the White House, most recently in 2012 for Israeli President and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Shimon Peres; and at a State Dinner in 2007 for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Obama in 2009, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero

He proudly possesses four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy awards. He performed at the 2006 Academy Awards and at the Juilliard School Centennial gala, broadcast nationally on Live from Lincoln Center. One of Perlman’s proudest achievements is his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos.

Mr. Perlman will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on March 6 with Festival Orchestra Boca conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

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Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul is a collaboration between Itzhak Perlman and Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, the celebrated Israeli-born Chief Cantor of Park East Synagogue, released by Sony Masterworks in 2012. The album features beloved liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements backed by chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians.

While rooted in the cantorial-liturgical tradition of Jewish music, the ten tracks on Eternal Echoes encompass a wide range of sonic modes and musical moods.

Perlman often refers to the program as “Jewish comfort music.” The recording grew out of musical conversations with Helfgot and long-time collaborator Hankus Netsky. The two masters began to explore the confluences of sound between the violinist’s famed classical technique (informed by a longtime interest in Jewish traditional music – Perlman has recorded a number of klezmer albums) with Helfgot’s magnificent golden voice, which has made the cantor a star of today’s liturgical music revival.

Eternal Echoes is the featured concert on Sunday, March 9.

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