Violinist Itzhak Perlman remains a towering musical presence in concert, even if he has to maneuver around the stage on crutches or a scooter and performs seated as the result of suffering polio when he was a child growing up in Tel Aviv. This weekend, the 72-year-old Israeli-American reveals his lyrical touch as the soloist on J.S. Bach's poignant Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, but he will also simultaneously conduct as L.A. Philharmonic moves through Johannes Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and encounters the diverse personalities who shaped and inspired the distinct sections of Edward Elgar's melodramatic Enigma Variations.
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