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Perlman to play at PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Itzhak Perlman will return to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, for a special evening of live music, stories and projected film and photos celebrating a storied career launched with his televised U.S. debut more than 60 years ago.

He will be joined for “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” by his longtime pianist Rohan De Silva.

“Through humorous vignettes and old movies, Itzhak took us through his youth, even playing some of the early pieces he learned,” wrote Paul Pattison, who attended the premiere of “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” earlier this year and reviewed it for KCArtsBeat.com.

Perlman’s big break came through American television on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Perlman was just 13 when he first visited the United States to perform on the popular variety program.

He has long been a fixture on television, making appearances on “Sesame Street,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Live from Lincoln Center.”

This will be the violinist’s fifth concert at Eisenhower. He first performed at the university in a 1971 recital at Schwab Auditorium. Perlman’s most recent appearance in State College was in 2009 when he, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma performed together as a piano trio for the first time.

A year earlier, Perlman and De Silva played for a sold-out audience at Eisenhower.

One of the Israeli-born musician’s finest hours came in his performance of the violin solos for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film “Schindler’s List.”

He was also the violin soloist for Rob Marshall’s “Memoirs of a Geisha,” another movie for which John Williams composed the score.

Perlman was among the musicians who performed Williams’ “Air and Simple Gifts” on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized Perlman in 2003 for the violinist’s contributions to the cultural and educational vitality of America.

President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts in 2000, while President Reagan bestowed upon him the Medal of Liberty in 1986.

Perlman, who has earned more than a dozen Grammy Awards, made his professional conducting debut in 1997 and has since guided ensembles on several continents.

The musician garnered the most recent of his four Emmy Awards for “Fiddling for the Future,” a PBS documentary about the Perlman Music Program in New York.

Founded in 1995 by Perlman and his wife Toby, the program educates teenage musicians. The violinist has taught there each summer since it opened.

“Itzhak,” a 2017 documentary directed by Alison Chernick, takes a look at the life, work and religious heritage of Perlman.

If you go

What: “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” with pianist Rohan De Silva, a Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14

Where: Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State campus

Tickets: $90 for adults, $50 for University Park students and $70 for those 18 and younger, available online at cpa.psu.edu or phone at 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Also available at Eisenhower Auditorium, State College, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Bryce Jordan Center, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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