Fall Convocation: A Conversation with Itzhak Perlman – Oct. 6

Tickets are now on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office for a Fall Convocation that features one of the world's biggest names in classical music.

Itzhak Perlman
Tuesday, October 6
A Conversation with Itzhak Perlman
Moderated by Gerald Whittington

Alumni Gym, 3:30 p.m.

Elon University Fall Convocation

Center for the Arts Box Office
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Tickets: $13 or free with Elon ID

One of the only household names in classical music today, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician.

Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Perlman was granted a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of the United States. In 2009, Perlman took part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero, for an audience of nearly 40 million television viewers in the United States and millions more throughout the world.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Perlman has received four Emmy Awards, including one for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about the Perlman Music Program and his work as a teacher and conductor there. Founded in 1993, the Perlman Music Program offers unparalleled musical training to young string players through intensive summer programs and mentoring.

Perlman has entertained and enlightened millions of television viewers of all ages on popular shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, The Frugal Gourmet, The Tonight Show and multiple Grammy Awards telecasts. Having garnered 16 Grammy Awards over the years with his best-selling recordings, Perlman was honored in 2008 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts.

Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities are among the institutions which have awarded him honorary degrees. President Ronald Reagan honored him with a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and in December 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Perlman the “National Medal of Arts.”