Itzhak Perlman will join the Florida Orchestra for 2017 gala
In a major coup, the Florida Orchestra has landed Itzhak Perlman for its 2017 fundraising gala.
The renowned violinist will perform Feb. 4 at the Mahaffey Theater, with the full orchestra and music director Michael Francis conducting. Selections will include the Theme From Schindler's List, As Time Goes By (from Casablanca) and the love theme from Cinema Paradiso, among many others. Perlman has performed with the orchestra before but not since the mid 1980s.
It's a rare opportunity to see perhaps the world's most acclaimed violinist in an intimate setting. Gala packages include a pre-concert champagne reception and dinner after the concert with Perlman and orchestra musicians. Tickets are $50-$150 and go on sale to Florida Orchestra subscribers Sept. 26, then to the general public Nov. 7.
His accomplishments in and around the world of music are hard to overstate. The Israeli-born virtuoso broke out with a 1958 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and soon became a household name. He has performed for several presidents and the queen of England and conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and the Israeli Philharmonic. He has won 15 Grammy and four Emmy awards.
In recent decades, Perlman's reputation has also grown as a teacher. In 1993 he joined his wife, Toby, in leading the Perlman Music Academy, which selects outstanding young musicians for training.
"For every child prodigy that you know about, at least 50 potential ones have burned out before you even heard about them," Perlman has said.
President Barack Obama awarded Perlman the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November. A month later, he was named the Genesis Prize Laureate, a title bestowed by the Genesis Foundation for the Genesis Prize Foundation for dedication to the Jewish community and the state of Israel.