World renowned musician stops in East Texas

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted By Molly Reuter - bio | email

Few people can say they love their job.  Itzhak Perlman is an exception.

"It's something that I love," said Perlman.  "It's something that I feel lucky that I'm in quote the music business.  Isn't it lovely to make a living in something that is so beautiful."  For close to 45 years, Perlman has been spellbinding audiences with his violin, a passion beginning at an early age.

"I just heard violin on the radio, and I felt that I liked the sound, and I just said I want to do this," said Perlman.  Honing his skills at Juilliard School of Music in New York, it was only a matter of time before his first career milestone, playing on the Ed Sullivan show.  Three months ago he faced another, sharing his music with millions at the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.  Looking out over a vista of the millions in attendance, Perlman knew he wasn't only playing his violin, but playing a part in a truly historic moment.

Saturday night, Itzhak fronted the East Texas Symphony to a sold out crowd in Tyler, Texas.  While East Texas has no Carnegie Hall, or famed venue to perform in, Perlman emphasizes it's never about the crowd, but always about the music.

"If I don't do my best, it doesn't matter whether I'm at Carnegie Hall, or some other town I need to do my best, so it doesn't matter where I am," said Perlman.

Sharing a perspective on life that has taken him far.