Violin star Itzhak Perlman played to a packed house in his first-ever stop in Modesto on Saturday.
Tickets for the the 68-year-old Israeli-born artist’s show at the Gallo Center for the Arts sold out a few weeks after they went on sale in June.
Appearing with Perlman was pianist Rohan de Silva. Perlman and the Sri Lankan born De Silva are long-time collaborators, and their performances have been compared to a conversation among friends.
The audience was treated to renditions of Beethoven Sonata No. 3 in E Flat Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, No. 3, Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major and Tartini Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Continuo “Devil’s Thrill.”
Perlman, whose talent have made him one of classical music’s most recognizable faces, performed at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and has won 15 Grammys and four Emmys. Marijke Rowland reviews the performance in Friday’s Scene.