Perlman to perform,give lecture on Sept. 3

Nancy T. Lu,The China Post

Celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman will return to Taipei after almost eight years for a performance at 705 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

His repertoire this time will include Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3,” Franck’s “Sonata in A Major” and Ravel’s “Sonata.” Perlman will be accompanied by pianist Rohan de Silva. Perlman’s recent visit to Shanghai culminated with his unprecedented conducting of a thousand student musicians at the Shanghai Science Museum on Aug. 26.

The music students came mainly from Perlman’s masterclass. Three hundred belonged to the Shanghai student orchestra. Others were recruited from selected high schools. Even the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau sent representatives. Just arranging the seats of the participants took more than two hours.

The concert program featured selections like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons — Winter,” Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” and Grieg’s “Holberg Suite for Strings.” The Orient TV network followed Perlman every step of the way, filming and documenting his extraordinary visit.

The educational thrust of Perlman’s current Asian tour has made the Management of New Arts headed by Niu Hsiao-hua succeed in inviting Perlman to give a one-hour lecture at the Grand Formosa Regent of Taipei at 200 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Only 150 persons will be accommodated. Interested parties are urged to register in groups of ten at least. The music departments or conservatories will be given priority. Subscribers to the concerts organized by the Management of New Arts will be considered first also.

Proceeds from Perlman’s concert on Sept. 3 will go to the Children Charity Association headed by chairperson Jeannie Cheng.