The University of Tennessee Cultural Attractions Committee will welcome world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman to the Tennessee Theatre on Monday.
Perlman has earned his reputation as an excellent musician ever since he began his education at the Shulamit Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel, despite being afflicted with polio. He made his first public appearance in America on “The Ed Sullivan Show” after he immigrated to New York in 1959. After attending Juilliard, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964.
Following this achievement, Perlman began touring extensively with the Israel Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony and has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and Jessye Norman. In addition to touring, Perlman has released 12 albums, has made frequent appearances on American television and has won 15 Grammys and four Emmys.
Of all these accolades, he cites his work on the score for Stephen Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” as being his finest accomplishment. His latest album, “Rhapsody,” which was released in 2002, includes collaborations with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Juilliard String Quartet and John Williams, who composed the score for “Schindler’s List.” Perlman has garnered massive respect and attention not only from fellow musicians but also from scores of fans who cherish his famed musicianship.
“We have had great input from not only the local community, but from people of all ages,” said Anton Reese, director of the Student Activities Committee. “Many people, from students in public school through high school, have shown great interest in having a chance like this to see such a talented musician. This concert has been of the CAC’s biggest events ever, as we have already sold around 1,200 tickets.”
This will be Itzhak Perlman’s first time to perform in Knoxville, and the concert is sure to be an enriching and enjoyable opportunity for all.
“This is an amazing opportunity for students to see one of the world’s premier musicians,” said Laurel Gilmer, student chair for the CAC. “An opportunity of this caliber will probably never be available while you’re in college, so you should take advantage of it. Even if someone thinks that they have never heard Perlman’s work, he or she has probably heard his work on a motion picture soundtrack or from one of his many television appearances. It’s going to be a very special evening, and those in attendance will likely remember it for a very long time.”
The CAC is a division of the Central Program Council and helps serve those in the Knoxville community including students by providing exposure to culturally diverse programs and experiences through music and dance. Admission for the event will be $5 for students, $35 for faculty and staff and $40 for the general public. Tickets are available through Tickets Unlimited as well as the University Center Central Ticket Office. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.