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Itzhak Perlman


Music for the High Holiday from WQXR in NYC presents both traditional and composed music for the Jewish liturgy (with a recording of Kol Nidre that features violinist Itzhak Perlman), and concert music based on High Holidays melodies for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Naomi Lewin hosts and explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions, including food.  Naomi Lewin's Apple Schalet Recipe



Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday. Musical selections include selections from Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel, Yiddish and Ladino songs, classical music that revolves around Maccabee heroes of the story and Chanukah gems by American folk singers.

On this Primary Day, let's think about the influence of politicians on music.  This summer, President Obama made news when he released his personal playlist.  That’s no surprise.  American Presidents and their families have always influenced who and what we listen to.  George Washington loved to dance, especially the minuet.  Abe Lincoln said he couldn't live without music.  Teddy Roosevelt embraced jazz.  

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Few violinists equal him in charisma and sensitivity. Itzhak Perlman is one of a kind. His rare performances sell out Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and when he canceled a North Carolina concert earlier this year as a political protest, the ensuing uproar made international headlines. 

On his 71st birthday, take a closer look at his fascinating life in this excellent retrospective from NPR.