Itzhak and Toby Perlman on the Perlman Music Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014

World famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman, talk about the Perlman Music Program, a nonprofit music conservatory they run together for young aspiring orchestral musicians, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year. This August, the Perlmans are also participating in a retreat, Bows & Batons, in Saratoga Springs.


Itzhak Perlman and Toby Perlman

Comments [5]

R. McGeddon

Why didn't you have a recording of Mr. Perlman playing the Spring Sonata?

Mar. 20 2014 02:41 PM

The problems of funding live classical music, as well as the other live performing arts, medicine, and education are all coming from the same source. Computers and communication technology have hugely made some workers more productive. We benefit as a society, and have more output, proeuctivity, and higher wages. As some areas, like electronics and manufacturing become radically less expensive, other "products" do not have productivity improvemetns, yet wages must be competative, or nobody will work there. We have gone from chalk on a black board, to a white board, to power point slides, but it does not mean we can teach a 50 minute class in 15 minutes. A doctor still takes 15 minutes for a follow up visit on a chronic condition. Similarly, it still takes for musicians 2 hours each, for a two hour live concert.

It is inevitable that as some areas, like manufacturing decrease as a fraction of overall spending, areas like live performances, doctor visits, and a class lecture, are going to cost more, in order to pay a competative wage to the people who have little or no productivity improvement.

Mar. 20 2014 01:05 PM
Diana Peck

When Mr. Perlman says he is on the side of the musicians, he puts his actions where his words are. He was willing to perform at a concert organized by the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, planned when they were locked out. The lockout is over, so the concert is not necessary, but Mr. Perlman's support was instrumental in bringing management to its senses. Thank you, Mr. Perlman, for being such a fabulous mensch as well as musician!

Mar. 20 2014 12:54 PM
Laura Wyss from Staten Island

The wedding march that Leonard sang is by Wagner, from Lohengrin. Mendelson's wedding march is the one that people usually play at the end of the ceremony.

Mar. 20 2014 12:51 PM
Robert from NYC

No Leonard, that's not Mendelsohn's Wedding March you attempted to hum. it was Wagner's Bridal March from Lohengrin.

Mar. 20 2014 12:51 PM

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