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Celebrated violinist sells out the Hult.

Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman comes back to town Monday to help the Eugene Symphony celebrate its 40th birthday.

The evening's program is straightforward, opening with such crowd-pleasers as the overture from Gioacchino Rossini's "Barber of Seville" and Georges Bizet's suite from ``Carmen," then moving on to Ludwig van Beethoven's well-known Violin Concerto.

The 60-year-old Perlman is perhaps the best known violinist of our time. He has played with every major orchestra in the world. In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts.

He's won 15 Grammy awards for his recordings. He's won four Emmy awards for his television work, and has appeared on shows as diverse as ``Sesame Street'' and David Letterman's ``Late Show.''

Eugene Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct on Monday. ``I have met Perlman several times before, but I have never conducted him,'' Guerrero said. ``I am very excited. It's going to be terrific.''

When Perlman played a recital at the Hult in 2000, Register-Guard reviewer Fred Crafts said the violinist ``won many hearts with his luminous tone, exceptional phrasing (and) spectacular technique. ... If ever a Eugene classical concert was an `event,' this was it.''

If you don't have tickets already, you may be out of luck. The show was essentially sold out by last week, though a few single seats with bad sight lines remained. If you're determined to go and don't mind sitting alone, you might try the box office after 6 p.m. Monday in case any tickets are returned.

CONCERT PREVIEW

Eugene Symphony Orchestra's

40th anniversary celebration with violinist Itzhak Perlman

Program: Rossini's overture from ``Barber of Seville''; Bizet's suite from ``Carmen''; Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Where: Hult Center, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Tickets: Sold out, though some single seats may be available at the box office just before the concert
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