Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California on January 22, 2017
On January 24th, Itzhak Perlman completed his 10-city Westcoast tour to packed houses and glowing reviews! The tour spanned a period of 14 days and the list of dates can be found here. His longtime collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva, joined him on the road for 8 of the 10 concerts in a recital program that featured Beethoven’s popular “Spring” Sonata No. 5 in F Major and Stravinsky Suite Italienne. The first half of the program opened with Vivaldi Sonatina in A Major and the second half opened with Schumann Fantasistücke for Violin and Piano, a piece written for clarinet (or cello) with piano but played on the violin by the master himself with Mr. De Silva at the keyboard.
On January 21st, Perlman performed favorite works for violin and orchestra from the Silver Screen with the San Diego Symphony under the baton of fast-rising conductor Cristian Macelaru. On January 23rd, Perlman headed to Santa Barbara to reunite with his longtime klezmer musical friends for the 20th anniversary of In the Fiddler’s House featuring Andy Statman, Hankus Netsky, members of the Brave Old World, Klezmer Conservatory Band and other special guests. Twenty years have passed since Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, “In the Fiddler’s House”. The collection of traditional klezmer songs was also filmed as a PBS special, which earned Perlman his third Emmy Award, featuring the reigning violin virtuoso performing in Poland with the world’s finest klezmer musicians. Perlman revisited this important, personal project, featuring music director Hankus Netsky on saxophone and piano, Andy Statman on clarinet and mandolin, members of the Brave Old World and Klezmer Conservatory Band and other special guests.
Of Perlman’s January 22nd Costa Mesa recital, Paul Hodgins of the Orange County Register wrote: “Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva delivered the goods with offhand intimacy and a refreshing lack of stuffiness, as if they were playing in someone’s living room. Perlman’s sound is richly expressive; nobody of his generation owns a sweeter tone on the E string. He has a talent for bringing a note into existence slowly, from inaudibility. It can send shivers down your spine. It’s hard to think of a more effortless and joyful performance.”
Garrett Harris of the San Diego Reader said of the San Diego performance: “As the headliner, Perlman played a number of movie tunes that had been arranged by John Williams, which comprised the second half of the concert. These arrangements emphasized the sweet tone for which Perlman is justifiably famous.”