Praise for Perlman

A lovely program
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a recital performed by violinist Itzhak Perlman at the The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, CT. It was a program of  LeClair, Beethoven, Schumann, Smetana, Kreisler as well as other show pieces for the encore. Perlman played to a packed and adoring audience.

A time long ago
Having gotten a late start as a prospective professional musician, I knew that I had to spend some time in a conservatory which was my plan after college. At the end of my junior year, my teacher in college had arranged for me to take a lesson from a teacher at The Juilliard School to get an opinion on where I should apply. In previous posts I have probably hinted at my mother’s mental health issues. Earlier that summer, she had a breakdown.

Getting to NYC
The building where the lesson was to take place was right next to Lincoln Center. The plan was for my parents to drive me into the city from Long Island. However, due to my mother’s episodic breaks with reality, my father worried about leaving her alone at home. Fortunately, my sister offered to drive down from Connecticut to stay with her while the lesson took place.

On my way to my future
I was not only nervous about playing for this teacher, but also exhausted from my mother’s tantrums and worried about my autistic father who was even more checked out than usual. As we entered the building, Itzhak Perlman passed through the door right by me. I remember turning back to look at him in disbelief. He turned and smiled at me. In that moment, I wasn’t sure what the next part of my life would entail, but I knew I was in the right place, doing the right thing.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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