Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

Violin Superstar Itzhak Perlman Opens UK Orchestra Season

Published: Sep 28, 2012


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2012) — The reigning violin virtuoso, Itzhak Perlman, returns to the Bluegrass this weekend to open the 94th season of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO). Presented in partnership with Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate as part of their Civil War commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ashland, Perlman and UKSO will take the stage 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.


Itzhak Perlman and the UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, as part of a program that also features orchestra performances of Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World." This is UKSO's second concert with Perlman, who first appeared with the university orchestra in March 2011.


As part of the violinist's visit to Lexington, Perlman will also be awarded the 2012 Henry Clay Medallion by the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation.


Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. In 2009, Perlman performed in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. President Reagan awarded him a Medal of Liberty in 1986, and President Clinton presented him the National Medal of Arts in December 2000. In 2003, he was a Kennedy Center Honoree. In 2007, he performed at the state dinner for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip hosted by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura  Bush at the White House.


A classical music icon, Perlman devotes considerable time to education, both in his participation each summer in the Perlman Music Program and his teaching at the Juilliard School, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair. He is the recipient of four Emmy Awards and15 Grammy awards, , as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for excellence in the recording arts. Perlman was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Julliard's 100th commencement ceremony in 2005.


Perlman’s 2012-13 season alone will see the icon perform as a soloist at both new and familiar major music centers around the world. This fall he appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on a play/conduct program for the orchestra’s opening night; immediately thereafter, he joins the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall under Music Director Alan Gilbert in their season opening concert, to be televised on PBS’s "Live From Lincoln Center."


After playing at UK, Perlman will travel to South America for recitals in Peru, Brazil and Argentina with pianist and frequent collaborator, Rohan De Silva. Other highlights of his upcoming year include the release of his new album "Eternal Echoes" on the SONY Classical label and an extensive tour of recitals and orchestral appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, Kansas City, Sarasota, Houston, Las Vegas and Seattle.


To see Itzhak Perlman's performance at Teatro Mayor in Bogotá, Colombia, visit Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/19575794.


Since John Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, it has enjoyed great success racking up recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Lynn Harrell, Gil Shaham, Mark O'Connor, Sarah Chang, Marvin Hamlisch, as well as Pink Martini and the Boston Pops.


UK Symphony Orchestra has also received acclaim for recording projects, including the live recording of "In Times Like These" with folk icon Arlo Guthrie. Other orchestra recording credits include: the premiere cast recording of Thomas Pasatieri's "The Hotel Casablanca" with UK Opera Theatre; "Music of the Horse," a collection of equestrian-inspired music sponsored by UK School of Music and the Keeneland Foundation; and more recently a critically acclaimed recording of composer George Frederick McKay's "Epoch: An American Dance Symphony" with the UK Women's Choir. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of several ensembles house at the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts


Tickets for the UKSO concert with Itzhak Perlman are on sale now. Prices vary by seat location and range from $65 to $85. A processing fee will be added upon completion of all transactions. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue.


Student rush tickets will also be available for the Perlman concert beginning at noon Saturday, Sept. 29. As part of the rush, students can purchase two tickets for $44 with a valid student ID. A processing fee will be added upon completion of all rush transactions. Student rush tickets are only available in person at the Singletary Center ticket office or by phone at 859-257-4929. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu



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