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FORT MYERS, FLA., February 2, 2018 – Internationally-acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman will bring his classical music to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall February 27 when he headlines the 2018 season of the Fort Myers Community Concert Association.
A limited number of tickets are available for the one-night concert at 7:30 p.m.  Prices are $70 for orchestra seats, $35 for lower balcony seats and $25 for upper balcony seats.  Tickets may be purchased at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Box Office or by calling 239-481-4849.
Perlman is the reigning virtuoso of the violin and is returning to the Community Concert series for a second time.  He has been honored with more than 20 Grammy Awards (including one for Lifetime Achievement in 2008), four Emmy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
“We are honored that Itzhak Perlman was able to include Fort Myers on his tour schedule,” said Fort Myers Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann.  “He is one of the greatest classical musicians in the world today, but is also known for his love of jazz and his film credits.”
Perlman was born in Israel and gave his first recital at age 10 before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958 and again in 1964 on the same show with the Rolling Stones.  He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1964.  Soon afterward, he began to tour widely.  In addition to an extensive recording and performance career, he has continued to make guest appearances on American television shows such as The Tonight Show as well as playing at a number of functions at The White House, including the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Perlman contracted polio at age four.  He made a good recovery, learning to work with crutches.  Today, he uses crutches or an electric scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 69th concert season, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded by the legendary Barbara B. Mann in 1949 to bring world-class entertainment to Southwest Florida at affordable prices.  The association consists of more than 1,700 members, underwriters and sponsors.  Performers brought to Fort Myers in the past by the association include The Israel Ballet, The Boston Brass, Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Flutist James Galway, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.

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