Not surprisingly, the celebrated violinist delivered a profoundly expressive performance of this technically rigorous concerto, making it sound as fresh as it is familiar. But Caballé-Domenech and the orchestra were right there with him, bringing out the work's sublime textures and tonalities in a way that made the master's soloing that much more awe-inspiring. At evening's end, Perlman — whose childhood polio has long required him to use crutches and leg braces — returned to the stage twice in response to the sold-out Pikes Peak Center audience's continuing applause.
Back in March of last year, when Philharmonic President Nathan Newbrough announced that Perlman would be the 2011-12 season's special guest, the orchestra had presented the violinist with a short list of suggested repertoire, including concerti by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
"For an artist of that caliber, we count on him to make the final determination," Newbrough told the Indy at the time. "Personally I'd love to hear him do the Tchaikovsky violin concerto."
Newbrough saw one of his wishes come true last night, as did an arts community that continues to achieve more than most cities this size could hope for.
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