February 2, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
LEGENDARY VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN RETURNS TO HOUSTON TO PERFORM AND CONDUCT
Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang discusses the works on the program prior to the concerts
HOUSTON (February 2, 2015) – Internationally celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman will return to Houston to conduct and perform classical masterworks with the Houston Symphony on February 12-15, 2015.
The Israeli-American violinist has performed in nearly every concert hall around the world since his rise to fame and has recorded more than a dozen Grammy-winning albums. Perlman returns to Houston to perform Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and conduct Schubert’s monumental Symphony No. 9, The Great.
Perlman has performed at the White House in many occasions including the 2009 Inauguration of President Obama where he premiered a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero. Nearly 40 million people in the United States watched the exhilarating performance.
A free Prelude pre-concert discussion led by Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang will be held 45 minutes prior to each concert at Jones Hall. Huang will discuss the works on the program and the joys and challenges of playing and conducting simultaneously. He will also provide insight and history on the music audiences are about to hear.
HOUSTON SYMPHONY CLASSICAL CONCERT
Perlman Plays & Conducts
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:00pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 2:30pm
Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violin
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2
Weber: Overture to Oberon
Schubert: Symphony No. 9, The Great
Tickets from $35
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
About Itzhak Perlman
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak 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.
Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Itzhak Perlman was granted a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of the United States. He has performed multiple times at the White House, most recently in 2012 at the invitation of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama, for Israeli President and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Shimon Peres; and at a State Dinner in 2007, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush, for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2009, Mr. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero, for an audience of nearly 40 million television viewers in the United States and millions more throughout the world.
Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled to national recognition with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Itzhak Perlman has established himself as a cultural icon and household name in classical music. President Reagan honored Mr. Perlman with a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and in December 2000, President Clinton awarded Mr. Perlman the “National Medal of Arts.” His presence on stage, on camera, and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of Mr. Perlman’s life.
About Houston Symphony
During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.