The Alumni Concerts and Mentorship program provides current and former students with numerous performance opportunities. Because of the Program’s strong belief in encouraging academics, the Alumni Concerts and Mentorship program is also structured so that performances cause little to no interruption in students’ academic schooling. Students and alumni perform in chamber music concerts alongside Itzhak Perlman across North America, in prestigious venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, the Adrienne Arsht Center, and more. The New York Times called the performers “superb young chamber music players.” This past season alone, Itzhak Perlman and PMP alumni traveled to Miami, Virginia Beach, Toronto, and Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
This year, the Program inaugurates a series of Alumni Recitals at the Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center on the Shelter Island campus, with a performance on September 2 and a Fall Concert Weekend on October 6-7. With state-of-the-art acoustics and seating for 100, the new Clark Arts Center provides an intimate venue for alumni to prepare for recitals, upcoming competitions, and more before a local supportive audience.
The Perlman Music Program also has a wonderful partnership with the Neue Galerie New York. Thanks to the generosity of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Neue Galerie concert series provides students with an elegant and intimate venue to practice the art of performance for our dedicated supporters. This Fall, the Program presents Works in Progress concerts at the Neue Galerie on October 10, November 28, and December 19.
Every year, Toby and Itzhak Perlman host the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend. Activities include chamber music reading, singing, group activities, and meals. This year, reunions took place in New York City and Boston. Other alumni events include Sunday Salons, where alumni and faculty members get together to read chamber music, and Adopt-a-Little, a program pairing PMP students applying to colleges across the country with PMP alumni at those colleges to provide guidance through the application process.
Toby Perlman and the LK Quartet after a concert at the Neue Galerie New York
The TNT Quartet after a performance at the home of Jim Clark in Palm Beach, Florida
Merry Peckham and the Ariel Quartet, 2008 Barnett Fellows, after a concert at the home of Dr. Marjorie Barnett in Chicago