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Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman Performs at The Holland Center Tonight

Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman Performs at The Holland Center Tonight

Omaha Performing Arts presents Itzhak Perlman in Recital with Rohan de Silva on piano at Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center tonight, May 3, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Perlman and de Silva have performed with each other numerous times for over a decade. Their first noted performance was on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center broadcast in 2000. Since then, they've preformed together in Mexico City, Moscow, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China, as well as around the United States. They've performed together at White House dinners for two presidents.

Considered a virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Born in Israel in 1945, he was propelled into the international arena soon after his arrival in New York when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Since then, he has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

His achievement over the years are numerous, and include winning the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, a Medal of Liberty in 1986, a National Medal of Arts in 2000, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003, four Emmy Awards® and a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 (in addition to his 15 Grammy Awards®). One of Perlman's proudest achievements is his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award®-winning film Schindler's List, in which he performed the violin solos.

De Silva, a native of Sri Lanka, has performed a number of highly acclaimed performances around the world with renowned violinists. He has taught at The Juilliard School and Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan, as well as been a member of the faculty of the Perlman Music Program. His recognitions include Best Accompanist at the 1990 Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award in 200.

Omaha Performing Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues: the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment. Omaha Performing Arts also offers a range of educational programs and free community events that support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts. In addition, the organization provides comprehensive ticketing services through Ticket Omaha, the official ticket retailer for the Orpheum and Holland.

For more information, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org.

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