Monday, April 6, 2009

El Paso Pro Musica Presents Itzhak Perlman

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Perlman's recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have won 15 Grammy Awards. He has also been honored with four Emmy Awards. One of Perlman's proudest achievements was his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film Schindler's List in which he performed the violin solos.

"(His) technical skill translates to the remarkable ease and charisma on display in Sunday’s recital that sets Perlman apart as a world-class musician and a joy to behold in concert.

"Playing to an enthusiastic audience, Perlman could have performed anything to generous approval. But he used his superstar status to take the listener on a journey through varying styles of classical music, celebrating baroque and romantic genres with pieces by George Frideric Handel and César Franck, respectively, while also introducing his audience to a world of lesser-known classics that are dear to his heart but unfamiliar to many ears.

"An evening highlight came with the performance of Oliver Messaien’s 'Theme and Variations.'

"Plunging the audience deep into the sounds of the 20th century, Perlman breathed new life into Messiaen’s distinctive musical colors, inspired by the Messaien’s complex synesthesia in which chord structures elicited visual impressions." - Malory Lee, Daily Texan

**CONCERT IS SOLD OUT**
April 6, 7:30 pm
The Plaza Theatre, El Paso, Texas

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