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What do you say about Itzhak Perlman? Just the guy’s name pretty much sells itself — an impressive feat for any violinist, much less one who can barely walk due to a case of polio at the age of 4. His entrance onto the stage via his crutches is part of his boundless charisma, however, preparing the audience for an experience that will be purely cerebral, magnetic, and emotional. The genuine force of his hands upon the bow and strings feels like a reversal of what you’ve just witnessed from his legs — it’s like an entire human drama enacted in a few seconds, and the concert has barely begun.

Perlman’s appearance at the Knight Concert Hall is the culminating performance in the Arsht Center’s Tel Aviv at 100 Festival. The four-time Emmy winner and 15-time Grammy winner will make his grand entrance promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are mostly sold-out, but a few are still available in the $75-to-$100 range. The playlist for the evening hasn’t been announced, but trust us when we say it doesn’t matter. Perlman could play “Chopsticks” and it would bring you to tears.
Tue., Jan. 12, 8 p.m., 2010


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