Itzhak Perlman

Classical music icon Itzhak Perlman is conductor and violin soloist in this live recorded concert from late November, 2013 at the Kimmel Center. Listen as Mr. Perlman leads the Philadelphia Orchestra and plays Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and 2 for violin and orchestra.

Also on the program is the exquisite Philadelphia Orchestra string section playing Dvorak’s lyrical and sparkling Serenade for Strings, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and the Brahms Academic Festival Overture.

One of classical music’s superstars plays all over the world, appears on large and small screens, makes multiple recordings, and also conducts. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Itzhak Perlman is passionate about passing on music in the classroom as well. 

WRTI celebrates Passover with two great specials: A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman: Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the All-Classical stream at wrti.org, and The Passover Story with Theodore Bikel: Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 am on Crossover.

The distinguished violinist Itzhak Perlman offers a glimpse into the classical Jewish Cantorial repertoire, and beloved liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements backed by chamber orchestra and Klezmer musicians. Mr. Perlman is joined by his dear friend and colleague, Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.

While rooted in the Cantorial-liturgical tradition of Jewish music, the ten tracks on Eternal Echoes: Songs And Dances For the Soul encompass a wide range of sonic modes and musical moods. The CD has just the right mixture of happy and sad, and laughter through tears.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur bring a flood of memories, many of them associated with music. In this one-hour special, the superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares a wide variety of recordings that have special meaning for him, including several of his own performances.

Ranging from classical gems to cantorial singing to raucous klezmer fiddling, the music will spark warm associations and an emotional response for all listeners.  Hear this beautiful music on Saturday, Sept. 7th, 4 to 5 pm.

Itzhak Perlman: A Video Preview of ETERNAL ECHOES

Sep 14, 2012

Legendary violnist Itzhak Perlman has released a new album:  Eternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. It features liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements backed by chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians. Mr. Perlman has said that his idea "was to do Jewish comfort music - everything that I recognize from my childhood is in this CD."

WRTI wishes all of our listeners celebrating the Jewish High Holidays a happy and healthy new year!

Itzhak Perlman is Jill Pasternak’s esteemed guest on Crossover. The world-renowned violinist appeared at the Kimmel Center last December.

Itzhak Perlman is Jill Pasternak's esteemed guest this week. The world-renowned violinist appeared at the Kimmel Center last December.

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World-renowned Israeli pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. One of the most versatile pianists of his generation, Barenboim has collaborated with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as his late wife, British cellist Jacqueline du Pr. In January 2008, his virtuosic musicianship was recognized with a Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious honors in classical music.

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