A stellar evening of music awaits this Friday

June 20, 2012 by  

The annual Faculty Concert of the Perlman Music Program will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 22, at the program’s Shelter Island campus near Riverhead. Local printing services, such as poster printing and postcard printing, are bound to be required to publicize the event.

This is an unusual chance to hear the world-class faculty of the Perlman Music Program together in concert. The instrumental ensemble includes Itzhak Perlman on violin, Ronald Leonard and Merry Peckham on cello, Jeffrey Irvine on viola, Rachel Calin on bass, and Yi-Fang Huang and Pauline Yang on piano. Patrick Romano, tenor, is also a member of the elite group.

The concert takes place within the context of the Summer Music School, one of the central pillars of the program. 40 exceptionally talented string players, between 11 and 18 years of age, come to Shelter Island for a six-week intensive course. Led by program founders Itzhak and Toby Perlman, the faculty members strive to make young musicians feel supported and welcomed, while offering a rigorous musical education to further their artistic and personal goals. Hundreds of applications are received for each opening and all are reviewed based on musical ability alone. Scholarships are given to students in need of financial assistance.

Other concerts offered during the summer school include weekly free Works in Progress concerts, open orchestra and chorus rehearsals, a Family Concert, the Contemporary Music Project concert featuring new works, and the Annual Summer Benefit. Students and alumni are also provided with additional performance opportunities during the year through the Alumni Concerts and Mentorship program.