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April 17, 2008

Media Contact: Susan Tomae-Morphew
R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center
The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler, ETSO Present Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman

Presenting Perlman featuring violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will be a special event co-presented by The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center and The East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association, UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Perlman will perform the Beethoven Violin Concert in D with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Per Brevig, on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. 

“It’s been a goal of both institutions for some time to work together in bringing internationally renowned artists to this region. The collaborative efforts of the UT Tyler Cowan Center and ETSO will broaden the cultural opportunities for the East Texas area,” said President Mabry, who also serves as president of the ETSO board of directors.

This performance is a part of the Braithwaite Performing Arts Program, which is jointly presented by the UT Tyler Cowan Center and ETSO Association through a generous endowment to both organizations.

“Mrs. David (Jacqueline) Braithwaite dreamed of just such a moment when she endowed each organization with funding for the purpose of bringing renowned artists to Tyler,” Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, said.

The concert, which will be black tie optional, will be a once in a lifetime event for many, drawing an audience from throughout the region.

“While Mrs. Braithwaite’s legacy serves as the foundation for this concert, we are extremely grateful to our additional sponsors who helped make the dream a reality,” said Nancy Wrenn, ETSO executive director.

Perlman Patron sponsors are Frances and Bill Gibson, W.C. Edwards and D. M. Edwards, Michelle and Tim Brookshire and Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Media sponsors are KTBB Radio and KLTV 7.

Members/Donors and subscribers will have early buying power beginning in October 2008.

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician.

In December 2003, he was honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of this nation.

Born in Israel, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. After coming to New York, he was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

As soloist, Perlman continues to visit major centers throughout the world. Highlights of his 2007-08 season include summer performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, as well as recitals throughout Europe and the United States including London, Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Boston and Los Angeles, and a tour of Japan where he will be heard both in recital and with orchestra.

Perlman is a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium, and through this medium he is further delighting his audiences.

For more information, contact Thomae-Morphew, 903.566.7191 or Wrenn, 903.592.1427.



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