NAC Gala: Pinchas, Itzhak and Friends

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Itzhak Perlman © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

If you’re a fan of the violin, then run, don’t walk, to The NAC Gala with Pinchas, Itzhak & Friends, which will be held on Thursday, October 2 in Southam Hall. This is the 18th annual edition of this fabulous fundraiser, and it is Pinchas Zukerman’s ultimate Gala, as his tenure with the National Arts Centre Orchestra ends in August 2015.

Triple threat Pinchas Zukerman is a force of nature who is one of the great violinists of our time – arguably, of all time. He will conduct the NAC Orchestra and also perform as soloist on the violin and the viola. Joining him onstage will be his long-time friend, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his exceptional talent, Perlman is treasured by audiences worldwide for his remarkable artistry, as well as his irrepressible joy in making music. Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman have earned an unprecedented seventeen GRAMMY® awards between them.

Pinchas characterizes their lasting partnership as having depth both musically and personally, and says of his big Gala night with Perlman, “I look forward to being together again.”

These two extraordinary musicians will be joined by guest artists, many of whom have participated in the NAC’s Summer Music Institute (SMI), a young artist training program founded by Mr. Zukerman in 1999. Repertoire for the NAC Gala is still under discussion, but some of the composers being considered are Mozart, J.S. Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn. With artists of this caliber onstage, the music-making is guaranteed to be extraordinary!

The NAC Gala has been a highlight of the Ottawa music/social season for almost two decades. Thanks to Presenting Sponsor CIBC, The NAC Gala with Pinchas, Itzhak & Friends benefits the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, which provides funding for a wide array of artistic programming and educational initiatives for young artists, young audiences, and schools across Canada. The National Youth and Education Trust -- Investing in young Canadians through the performing arts.

Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear glorious music by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman live in concert. It’s a musical experience that is sure to be the highlight of your season!

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