Perlman and Boca together again

By Lawrence A. Johnson

If you love Itzhak Perlman, you’ll definitely like the 2009 installment of the Boca Festival of the Arts, which will fete the celebrated violinist in honor of his 50th year of performances in the U.S.

The musical component of the ten-day festival will feature Perlman as soloist, conductor and chamber musician in an array of familiar repertoire. On March 7, Perlman will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra led by Mikhail Pletnev. He will present a chamber music evening with his Perlman Music Program March 8, followed by a concert of klezmer music March 12. For a grand finale, Perlman will conduct the Russian National Orchestra and Master Chorale of South Florida in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to close the festival March 15.

In other events, Pletnev will conduct the RNO in an all-Beethoven program March 10 featuring the mighty Fifth Symphony, with Jeremy Denk as soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 5. And on March 13 conductor Alondra de la Parra leads the Russian musicians in an evening of Latin-American music. Other artists and programming details are yet to be announced. All performances are at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Call 866-571-2787 or visit http://www.festivaloftheartsboca.org/.

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