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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels performance over LGBT law

I have always loved this man and have had the pleasure of hearing and seeing him perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

 Bravo Itzhak Perlman! 

 We salute you for standing up to bigots! 

 Not only are you a great artist, but you are a profoundly decent human being.

 Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels performance over LGBT law

World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman said he canceled his Wednesday performance with the North Carolina Symphony after he was told he would not be able to include a personal statement opposing the state's new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people in the event program. 

 In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Perlman said he will not perform in North Carolina until the law is reversed.... Perlman had said he wanted to proceed with the concert to support the 66 professional musicians employed by the symphony in Raleigh. 

He said he intended to donate the concert proceeds to LGBT advocacy group Equality North Carolina following the lead of musicians like Cyndi Lauper and comedian Louis C.K. 

But Perlman reversed the decision Tuesday after he said symphony management told him they could not print his opposition to the bill in the program.

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Anonymous said...

Fabulous. Great man.

Infidel753 said...

Yes, a profoundly decent human being indeed. It must have been a tough decision, knowing how his presence would indeed support the other musicians.

They really should have let him include his statement in the program.

But I'm glad to hear the pressure over this is still being kept up.