More than 50 string students from the East End Arts music program will play in an open rehearsal under the baton of internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso and conductor Itzhak Perlman at Greenport High School on Wednesday, July 25, at 5:30 PM.
The students, who range from eight to 18 years old and play violin, viola, cello, and double bass, have been rehearsing with EEA faculty member Jeannie Woelker to prepare for the event.
“Playing with the Perlman Music Program under the baton of Itzhak Perlman is a much enjoyed experience and an amazing opportunity for the students,” said EEA education director Diane Giardi.
Following the open rehearsal, the Perlman Music Program Student Orchestra will give a performance at 7:30 PM.
This is the seventh year EEA students have had the opportunity to collaborate with PMP’s student orchestra, thanks to a 2012 introduction from Mark Miller of Miller Environmental, a Calverton-based company servicing the utility, transportation, and petrochemical industries.
PMP welcomes international young musicians to its intensive summer programs on its waterfront campus on Shelter Island. The program offers unparalleled musical mentoring for students, ages 12 and up, who play the violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano, and spend the summers training with Perlman and other PMP faculty.
The East End Arts School’s music program has 200 students each semester studying voice, piano, drums, violin, guitar, and band and orchestral instruments.
Next Wednesday’s open rehearsal is free and open to the public. Tickets for the student orchestra performance are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.
East End Arts was established in 1972 and is a not-for-profit arts organization. It operates a school of the arts, an art gallery, and presents various events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and membership benefits the mission and commitment to building and enriching the community through the arts.
For more information, contact the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171 or visit www.perlmanmusicprogram.org.