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October 5, 2018  RSS feed

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Klezmer in spotlight at Perlman Music Program

The 15th anniversary of the Perlman Music Program’s Sarasota Winter Residency will begin in November and be celebrated with a variety of performances.

Since 2003, program founder Toby Perlman, along with her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, have worked with students, faculty and staff in Sarasota while making the Suncoast their wintertime home-away-from home.

The season will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. with “A History of Klezmer Music to Modern Jazz,” led by local arts and history educator Baila Miller. This event will feature a lecture and multi-media presentation focusing on klezmer music and how it influenced the rise of modern jazz in America. The program will be held in the Zell room of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life, 580 Mcintosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $10 and are available at

The event is a perfect precursor for anyone attending “Itzhak Perlman – In The Fiddler’s House” on Dec. 17. The benefit performance will be Perlman’s only area appearance this season. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Almost 23 years have passed since Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, “In the Fiddler’s House.” In this upcoming live performance, he revisits this meaningful and personal project. Joining Perlman on stage will be Hankus Netsky, music director, saxophone and piano; Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin; members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band; and other special guests. Tickets are from $72 - $152 at the Van Wezel Box Office. Call (941) 953-3368 or go to For groups 10 or more, call (941) 363-2025

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