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Legendary Violinist Itzhak Perlman Launches Oberlin College's Artist Recital Series on September 11 at 8 PM

Aug 29, 2011

OBERLIN, OHIO — Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will launch Oberlin College’s esteemed 133rd Artist Recital Series with a performance on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. Perlman will be accompanied by celebrated pianist Rohan De Silva, and the concert will be held in Finney Chapel. For tickets, please call 800-371-0178 or visit

Treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond to his remarkable artistry, Perlman is “an ambassador of the joys of music throughout his illustrious career …” (Toronto Star). Recipient of the nation’s highest honors, including the Medal of Liberty and the National Medal of Arts, he enjoys legendary status as both musician and humanitarian. From his film collaborations with composer John Williams and Director Steven Spielberg, to his pioneering performance with the Israel Philharmonic in history-making concerts in Eastern bloc countries and the Soviet Union, Perlman occupies a unique place in the artistic and social fabric of our times.

A recipient of the 2008 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Perlman’s recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered 15 Grammy Awards. The Israeli born violinist has performed for U.S. presidents, royalty, and heads of state, in addition to collaborating with the world’s greatest musicians and conductors. He has appeared not only in concert with every major orchestra, in recitals, and festivals around the world, but is also a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium. He has performed as conductor both nationally and internationally with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic, among many others.

“Perlman brings extraordinary charisma to his work …. He is voluble, approachable, and majestic,” declares the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A major presence in the performing arts on television, he has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about the Perlman Music Program and his work as a teacher and conductor there. He has entertained and enlightened millions of television viewers of all ages on popular shows as diverse as The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, the Tonight Show, and numerous Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts and PBS specials, including Mozart by the Masters and A Musical Toast.

His recent releases include an all-Mozart recording with the Berlin Philharmonic (EMI) with Perlman performing as both soloist and conductor and a recording for Deutsche Grammophon with Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic. Other recordings reveal his devotion to education, including Concertos from my Childhood with the Juilliard Orchestra under Lawrence Foster (EMI) and Marita and her Heart’s Desire, composed and conducted by Bruce Adolphe (Telarc).

An ardent educator, Perlman devotes considerable time to both the Perlman Music Program and his teaching at the Juilliard School, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair.

For the 2011-12 Artist Recital Series, Oberlin College is offering a buy one get one free subscription package for new subscribers. Available to the general public, seniors, and OC faculty and staff, the offer ends September 9. To purchase subscriptions, call 800-371-0178, and for more information on Oberlin College’s Artist Recital Series visit

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