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August 24, 2018  RSS feed

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Itzhak Perlman to give klezmer performance in Sarasota

Itzhak Perlman during a previous performance of his “In the Fiddler’s House.” Itzhak Perlman during a previous performance of his “In the Fiddler’s House.” The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast has announced the Florida West Coast premiere of “Itzhak Perlman – In The Fiddler’s House – A Night of Klezmer” on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota.

Almost 23 years have passed since internationally-acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, “In the Fiddler’s House.” In this upcoming live performance, Perlman revisits this meaningful, personal project, featuring the world-renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band, with members from the original recording, released in 1995. The repertoire will include songs from the album, along with a few surprises.

Joining Perlman on stage will be Hankus Netsky, music director, saxophone and piano; Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin; members of the Brave Old World and Klezmer Conservatory Band; and other special guests.

“Quick-witted and humorous, Perlman’s charming demeanor facilitated an evening of pure enjoyment for all, representative of the klezmer’s purpose of bringing people together in celebration,” wrote the Santa Barbara Independent following a sold-out show in 2017.

This only area “Fiddler’s House” performance will have the audience singing and dancing in the aisles.

Perlman is no stranger to audiences in Southwest Florida. In addition to an active concert career, he and his wife Toby Perlman, founder of the Perlman Music Program (PMP), along with their gifted young string students, faculty and staff, have called Sarasota their wintertime home for the past 14 years.

Tickets range from $43 to $152 and are available through the Van Wezel PAH box office beginning Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. The hall is at 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The box office number is (941) 953-3368 or can be reached online at For groups of 10 or more, all (941) 363-2025.

The event is sponsored in part by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota- Manatee, Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues, the Kessler Foundation, and in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

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