There are many versions of Itzhak Perlman floating around in popular culture. For many, he is the iconic, gutwrenching violin solo from Schindler’s List. For concertgoers, he is an international rockstar, having played with every major orchestra and venue out there. For students and music enthusiasts alike, his recordings are textbook–and the recipient of 16 Grammy awards.
Despite his decorated career, Perlman has always maintained a warm, friendly personality. For his 12th UMS-sponsored visit to Hill Auditorium this Saturday evening, he is bringing along several “friends” (a.k.a highly renowned pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet as well as the Julliard String Quartet) for an Avengers-esque mixed chamber music performance.
Apart from the big names coming together in this performance, I am excited to experience more types of chamber music. The program will feature Jean-Marie Leclaire’s Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2, and Ernest Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet. While I played in my own quartet throughout high school, anything beyond the standard 4-part instrumentation is totally beyond my scope of knowledge!