May 24, 2006
Perlman Program To Grace Greenport
For one night only, a glimpse of Carnegie Hall is coming to Greenport.
Mayor David Kapell announced at last week's village board meeting that The Perlman Music Program will be performing a concert of orchestral and choral music on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in the Greenport school auditorium.
"This is a major cultural event for the village and for the community at large," said Kapell.
The concert, which will be conducted by Itzhak Perlman, "arguably among the finest violinists in the world," as well as choral conductor Patrick Romano, will be followed by a question and answer session with orchestra members, said Kapell.
The Perlman Music String Orchestra is comprised of gifted student musicians in residence at PMP's Shelter Island campus from June 22 through August 26 this year.
Founded by Itzhak's wife, Toby Perlman, 12 years ago, PMP welcomes gifted string musicians aged 12 to 18 into a rich musical experience that includes an intensive six-week summer program on Shelter Island, year-round mentoring, and a chamber music workshop. During the performance season, students perform in monthly recitals at Manhattan's Neue Galerie, as well as participate in an annual concert at Carnegie Hall, and a two-week annual winter residency in Sarasota, Florida, presented by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Van Wezel Foundation.
The Perlman Music Program is a non-profit organization, committed to providing a top-notch learning experience to the most qualified young violin, viola, cello, or double bass musicians from around the world, regardless of the financial means of their families.
Dr. Charles Kozora, superintendent of Greenport schools, said he is thrilled to learn of the performance, which will broaden students' horizons: "It sounds like a great idea."
Admission will be only $10 at the door, with sponsors providing tickets to kids who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend.
Born in Israel in 1945, Itzhak Perlman is a virtuoso who has made his mark worldwide in the concert arena, film, and on television — most recently, as a conductor. Fans are captivated not only by his masterful performances, but by Perlman's ability to overcome obstacles. Stricken with polio at the age of four, Perlman has long been an advocate of the disabled and symbolizes the indomitable human spirit which triumphs over tragedy. It is this lesson, perhaps most of all, which inspires students at the camp he runs with his wife every summer to foster the finest young talent in the world.
"The kids in this program are the finest young musicians of our time," said Kapell. "You'd have to travel the world to beat it."