May 26, 2024

Itzhak Perlman’s UMW Show ‘Hauntingly Beautiful’

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman performed with the UMW Philharmonic on Saturday. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman performed with the UMW Philharmonic on Saturday. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman opened University of Mary Washington Philharmonic’s 49th season with a sold-out concert on Saturday, Oct. 26. Nearly 1,300 people packed Dodd Auditorium for the show, which was part of the Philharmonic’s annual Celebrity Concert Series. Perlman was the first artist to return to campus in the series’ 15-year history.

Perlman performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Philharmonic, which was met with a standing ovation. The program also included Jonathan Bailey Holland’s The Party Starter, Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Aram Khachaturian’s Three Dances from “Gayneh Ballet.” In addition, Perlman surprised concertgoers with an encore featuring his violin solos from the film Schindler’s List, written expressly for Perlman by celebrated composer John Williams. UMW Philharmonic Conductor Kevin Bartram described it as “hauntingly beautiful” and “a real treat for the audience.” Read more.