Tonight, I have tickets to an especially amazing concert. I’m blogging about it now, before it’s even happened, because I anticipate being speechless. Three phenomenal musicians (pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma) are performing for the first time together in concert. You might have seen them playing at Obama’s inauguration earlier this January. They have one more concert scheduled tomorrow night in New York City at Carnegie Hall — and that’s it. No concert tour, only these two dates. I’m pretty baffled as to why they picked Penn State to do such a rare collaboration, but I’m not going to complain. I was pretty broken up that I missed Itzhak Perlman’s performance on campus last spring (I was studying abroad) but this more than makes up for it.
A few notes from the Previews article: (make sure you check out the podcasts here)
“In honor of the 2009 bicentennial of Felix Mendelssohn’s birth—the German Romantic composer was born nine days before Abraham Lincoln—the trio is scheduled to perform an all-Mendelssohn program.”
“Tickets have been sold out for months. But for the more than 2,500 people who will be attending the Penn State concert, it promises to be an event of the sort rarely experienced outside a major city.”
“At the conclusion of the Eisenhower concert, the three virtuosos will receive Penn State’s Medal for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts and Humanities. The purpose of the medal, created in 2006 by Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities, is to “honor individuals whose work has helped define the best of our times and to stimulate a dialogue that reaches beyond traditional disciplinary limits, even beyond the limits of the University itself.””