Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm Still Euphoric

What a wonderful evening we spent at last night's concert. Neither Dick nor I have EVER heard anything so absolutely perfect. Honestly, Itzhak Perlman is the most accomplished violinist on earth today. He played three Sonatas for violin and piano, with four movements each. I especially enjoyed the Beethoven no.7 in C minor ("Eroica") because I was so familiar with it.

Rohan De Silva played the piano and together they were exquisite. The timing was always perfection. They have played often together and both teach at Juilliard. He is from Sri Lanka and of course Perlman was born in Israel. What a great team! They had standing ovations for all three Sonatas. I have never seen such an appreciative audience.

I didn't cough but once. My only problem was that I cried too many times just from sheer joy. The time just went too fast. The last part they did was lighter and the audience really loved that too. He played three encores and one of them was the theme from Schindler's List. Perlman collaborated with John Williams on this and he played the solo parts for the film.

I could hardly go to sleep last night because I just kept hearing it in my head. Today, I still feel so blessed at having been able to attend this unforgettable concert.


  1. So glad you had a wonderful time! It sounds just phenomenal! I'd have cried at Schindler's List...that tune just does it for me without those magnificent musicians! Thinking about it gives me chills so living vicariously through you!

  2. How wonderful for you! I'm so glad you were able to go and enjoy that special time.

  3. Music is a wonderful thing, and really brings out so many emotions. I couldn't live without it!

  4. So glad that you got to attend, and that you were feeling well enough to enjoy it. What a blessing to see him play! Kat

  5. It's a GREAT thing that you got to go hear him, Mom. Makes me happy!


    PS. And so glad your cough wasn't a problem, too.

  6. Just wonderful that you had such a fabulous time at the concert. I am so glad you did not have coughing problems and you were able to enjoy every second. You will never forget last night I am sure. Hugs

  7. Darlene I am so happy for you that you enjoyed your concert so much.
    What a blessing to be able to listen to such gifted artist. I love going to hear James Dick preform here at Festival Hill. He plays the piano like it was why he was born.
    Your description of your night and how you enjoyed it brought tears to my eyes. Lovely the way you shared your night with us. I felt like I was sitting there with you
    Thanks honey for thinking of me and leaving a sweet comment about my Forrest. I so appreciate you doing so and I miss her terribly already
    Love ya

  8. How beautiful! Really. What a blessing to be able to go to hear such heavenly music! I am jealous. It is rare I hear something that moves me to tears from the sheer beauty. That really must have been something. The theme from Schindler's List is one of my very favorite pieces. I love that you had such an enjoyable night.

  9. Hello from Scotland! I just came blog-hopping and was enchanted by your description of hearing Perlman. You are so lucky! I don't suppose I'll ever get the chance, but he is one of our favourite violinists. My daughter plays the violin and my son the viola, so we have a fair amount of music in our house.