From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman‘s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violin-maker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick‘s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all: Love.
“Briskly entertaining.” (Variety)
“We get to know the man: the jovial grandfather, the joke teller, the dedicated husband, the patient teacher and loyal friend…” (Globe and Mail)
“Perlman seems that rare sort: a virtuoso at peace with God, neighbor, and himself, a man who suffered much in youth, and then triumphed over that suffering to make a happy, ordinary life.” (San Diego Reader)
Monday, May 14
Doors 6:10 pm | Movie 6:40 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door
Tuesday, May 22
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the
*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
ITZHAK (Alison Chernick, 2018 / 80 mins / G) Musician Itzhak Perlman talks about family history and mastery of the violin.