An amazing violin performance by Itzhak Perlman.
Written by Bill Xun
This week the class went to see the great violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva last Saturday night in Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center. Some of my friends who knew him told me that he was arguably one of the best violinists in the world, and after listening to him play I would definitely have to agree.
The night started with 3 classical pieces from different musical eras. Here, you could clearly hear the over six decades of experience and emotions of someone who dedicated their entire life to mastering one instrument: the violin. Something about the tone and the way that Perlman plays the violin makes his sound so unique and unlike any other violinist I’ve heard — especially the high pitched sounds that were so whole and carried across the stage. It was cool to see how the sounds of the violin and piano were able to bounce and travel around the entire hall. The sometimes fast, and high pitched melodic memories reminded me of walking or running through nature, and hearing birds chirping above.
I think the best part of the night was at the end when Perlman chose a handful of short pieces to play. Here, you also got a chance to see his personality, as he cracked jokes about martinis, and gave funny commentary on the different composers of the pieces he played. It was also great to see him play the iconic theme from Schindler’s List that was discussed in class to tie everything together. All in all, it was a great night to listen to a world-renowned violinist and reflect.