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Violinist Perlman delights in conducting

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Itzhak Perlman wasn’t looking for another career until his wife, Toby, made a request. “My wife started a summer music program [the Perlman Music Program] — we’re having our 20th anniversary, and a string orchestra was included,” Perlman said. “She asked me to coach, which became conducting. It was the first time I began to consider myself as a conductor.” Perlman will be the soloist and conductor Aug. 20 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He’d had ...

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