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Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducting student musicians.

On Friday night the Perlman Music Program (PMP) will celebrate 25 years of giving young musicians an unforgettable summer experience while honoring founders Toby and Itzhak Perlman at its Silver Anniversary Gala.

The quarter century benchmark is the culmination of what Ms. Perlman calls, “The second chapter of my life.” (more…)

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COURTESY PHOTO | Perlman Music Program alumna Stella Chen.

COURTESY PHOTO | Perlman Music Program alumna Stella Chen.

The Perlman Music Program has numerous events planned for Memorial Day weekend at the Clark Arts Center. The music begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 with the Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series and a concert by violinist Stella Chen performing Beethoven, Brahms, Chausson, and Waxman masterworks with pianist Drew Peterson. Chen, the youngest ever prize-winner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. Tickets are $25 for adults, free for ages 18 and under.  (more…)

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JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop members who performed on Monday. From left: Jimmy Thompson, Jenni Seo, Yi Qun Xu and Max Tan.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop members who performed on Monday. From left: Jimmy Thompson, Jenni Seo, Yi Qun Xu and Max Tan.

Performing chamber music is no easy feat.

In an intimate setting with no conductor to guide the musicians, communication between players is vital to give a stellar performance.

That’s the goal of the intense two-week Chamber Music Workshop led by Merry Peckham of the Perlman Music Program. (more…)

10/30/13 10:57am

COURTESY PHOTO | Cellist Jia Kim and pianist Carlos Avila will perform a recital Saturday at the Perlman Music Program.

Fresh from their residency in Stowe, Vermont — including four days of chamber music, orchestra and chorus with 23 alumni, led by Toby Perlman, Maestros Perlman and Romano and Merry Peckham — the Perlman Music Program musicians are returning to the Island for a weekend of classical music.

On Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., alumna cellist Jia Kim and pianist Carlos Avila will perform a recital that includes Boccherini Sonata in G, Beethoven Sonata No. 2, Brahms Sonata in F, Popper Hungarian Rhapsody and Schumann Fantasiestucke.

Jia Kim, a native of Korea, began her cello studies at age 11 and first came to PMP Summer Music School at the age of 14 in 2003. She continued her studies there until 2007, attended the Sarasota winter residency during those years, played in the Chamber Music Workshop for the last several summers, joined the last Israel residency in 2010 and even served as a PMP Fellow — or student counselor — during the program a few summers ago.

She recently completed her master’s degree at Juilliard, studying with Joel Krosnick, and today is a passionate teacher and cellist of the Fidelio String Quartet in New York City.

Carlos is also an alumni of Juilliard and performs worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and pianist collaborator.

On Sunday, November 3 at 2:30 p.m., there will be a Works in Progress Concert featuring alumni of the Summer Music School and Chamber Music Workshop performing a varied program of classical repertoire.

Both concerts take place at the Clark Arts Center on the Shore Road campus. Alumni recital tickets are $25 (free for children 18 and under) and include a meet-the-artist reception following the concert.

Works in Progress concerts are free; reservations are requested. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 212-877-5045 or visit perlmanmusicprogram.org.

10/05/13 12:00pm

COURTESY PHOTO | Cellist Michael Katz will be performing at the Clark Arts Center on the Perlman Music Program’s campus October 12.

The Perlman Music Program will set up camp on Shelter Island over Columbus Day weekend with two concerts.

The first, on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. will feature cellist Michael Katz and pianist Qing Jiang, both alumni of the Chamber Music Workshop. They will be performing the works of Beethoven, Cassado, Prokofiev and Radzynski.

Michael has known the Perlmans and Associate Director Merry Peckham for a long time, having attended the early residencies in Israel in 1999 and 2000 and the Chamber Music Workshop in 2006 and 2007.

Originally from Tel Aviv, Michael began playing cello at age 7, studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Juilliard, and is currently working on his Dectorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University with Colin Carr. At 26, he’s had a diverse career, having founded a string quartet and a piano trio, won numerous competitions and performed all over the world.

He will also be a part of the Perlman Music Program’s Stowe residency in Vermont that runs from October 25 through 27. Twenty-three of the PMP alumni will travel to Vermont for chamber music, orchestra and choral studies and perform with Merry, Chorusmaster Patrick Romano and Itzhak Perlman.

Pianist Qing Jiang is also an alumni of the Chamber Music Workshop; she attended in 2010 and 2011. Originally from Zhenjiang, China, a city outside of Shanghai, she moved to the U.S. just before college and studied in Arizona, earned her master’s degree at Juilliard and her doctorate at New England Conservatory. She teaches piano and chamber music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the prep school at NEC, as well as at the Yellow Barn festival in Vermont during the summer.

There will be a Meet the Artists reception after Saturday night’s performance. Tickets are $25 in advance and free for kids under 18. To purchase tickets, visit perlmanmusicprogram.org.

A Works in Progress concert will take place on Sunday, October 13 at 2:30 p.m. Performers will include alumni of the Summer Music School and Chamber Music Workshop. The concert is free, with reservations required. Email [email protected] or call 212-877-5045.

Both concerts take place at the Clark Arts Center at the Shore Road campus on Shelter Island.