Fresh off a plane from Argentina, world-renowned violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman came to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. He is here for a three-day stint of tutoring and performing with young musicians. Musicians like Sophia Cannizzaro who has been playing violin for seven of her 12 years.
"Because it's Itzhak Perlman and he is a legend. And I wanted to come last year, but I couldn't make it to rehearsal and I'm just really thrilled to do it this year because he is awesome," Cannizzaro said.
Reporter Marselis Parsons: What do you hope to learn from Mr. Perlman?
Michael Granai/Colchester: Well hopefully some motivation because right now I'm more focused on sports than violin.
Marselis Parsons: But after tonight-- we'll see?
Michael Granai: Yes, we'll see.
Granai is a student of Caroline Bever, a violin instructor in Essex. She was tuning with her younger students before the rehearsal. Some of them grew up watching Perlman on Sesame Street. To perform live with him is a special treat.
"It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Bever said. "We actually were fortunate enough to come here last year and I brought some of my little, little twinklers and they were just ecstatic. But I think they didn't get the magnitude of whom they were working with... We are just going to listen to what Maestro Perlman has to tell us and we're excited to hear it."
The Perlmans came to Spruce Peak a year ago for the first of these programs and they hope to come back time and time again.
Mrs. Perlman outlined her Vermont connection.
"My father was a Burlington boy and he was one of 16 children, 12 of whom were born in Burlington," Toby Perlman said. "(My husband) loves coming here. He doesn't just like coming to Vermont. He LOVES it. Vermont is a wonderful place. It's great to be here and I love everything about it... and he loves it, too."
The Perlmans are here for only four days, but for these young Vermont musicians, this day will be one to be remembered for the rest of their lives.
Because the rehearsal was so late in the afternoon, we were unable to talk to Perlman himself. But Friday afternoon there were still tickets available for that concert Saturday in Stowe at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.
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