Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman, who appears at the Mondavi Center on an almost annual basis, and is showing no signs of slowing down at age 67, returns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with his longtime recital partner, pianist Rohan de Silva.
For this visit, they will be performing an early Beethoven sonata (Opus 12, No. 1, from 1798), the landmark Violin Sonata by Cesar Franck (1886), and the captivating “Devil’s Trill” Sonata (ca. 1750) by Giuseppe Tartini. That sonata features the famous musical pattern that the composer said came to him during a dream in which he made a compact with the Infernal One.
Mondavi audience members who heard violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood perform the Franck Sonata in Jackson Hall in November will have the opportunity to hear Perlman and de Silva perform the very same piece, and then decide for themselves who plays it better.
As is the custom with Perlman’s appearances, the concert will conclude with “additional works to be announced from the stage” — typically a string of favorite encore numbers.
Tickets for Perlman and de Silva’s recital are $50-$175 general, $25-$87.50 students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.