Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and Brooklyn-based Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot joined together to put on a remarkable concert at Barclays Center on February 28, 2013. Proceeds from the concert, which was presented by Barclays Center developer and majority owner Bruce Ratner, went to support the mission of Met Council and The Perlman Music Program.
Perlman and Helfgot recently collaborated on the album Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul, which Perlman refers to as “Jewish comfort music.” They were joined on stage by Hankus Netsky, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and an 18-Piece Chamber Orchestra with members of The Perlman Music Program, conducted by Russell Ger. The evening’s program was drawn from the songs of the Eternal Echoes album and also included selections from Perlman’s In the Fiddler’s House, one of the most popular PBS specials of all time.
“It is such an honor to host Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Helfgot, two globally distinguished and celebrated musicians, who will bring a beautiful confluence of music to Barclays Center,” said Bruce Ratner. “This concert further redefines the role that a sports and entertainment arena can play in a community by exposing larger audiences to a wide variety of cultures. Brooklyn has a storied tradition of chazzanut, Jewish liturgical music, and we are proud to bring this rich art form to the borough’s biggest stage.”
About Itzhak Perlman
Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman is widely considered one of the most accomplished violin virtuosi in the world. Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1963, he has performed throughout the world with every major orchestra, recorded dozens of albums, and received many awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts in 2008.
About Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
Born in Tel Aviv, Cantor Helfgot has become a leader in today’s revival of Jewish liturgical music since his concert debut at the age of 23. He is both a recording artist and a highly sought-after singer at concerts and Shabbatot. He has performed across six continents, drawing record crowds, in addition to serving as Chief Cantor of the Park East Synagogue in New York City.