VIOLIN VIRTUOSO ITZHAK PERLMAN RETURNS TO PERFORM, CONDUCT PSO FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH – World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to Heinz Hall this month to perform in and conduct an evening of exceptional music.

This special concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Tickets, ranging from $29 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

The program will feature Perlman’s noted musicality in J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto. Also, audiences will enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings and Mendelssohn’s vibrant Italian Symphony.

Perlman last performed at Heinz Hall as a soloist in September 2009. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. In 2009, Perlman took part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. President Reagan granted him a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and President Clinton awarded 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 Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.

Perlman also performs as conductor with leading orchestras; this season marks his third as Artistic Director of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. 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.

Perlman proudly possesses four Emmy Awards and 15 Grammy awards. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Julliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in 2005.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 110 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 35 international tours include 19 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

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