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Make the Best Music-Itzhak Perlman

Reigning Virtuoso of the Violin

Classical violinist Itzhak Perlman, world renowned as the reigning virtuoso of the violin, can bring you to tears with his perfected technique and joy of music as he plays. His honors and awards are so numerous, that I can only tell you about a few of them.

He has appeared with every major orchestra in the world.

Perlman has received four Emmy Awards.

Two presidents have bestowed him with special honors. He received the “Medal of Liberty” in 1986 by President Reagan and the “National Medal of Arts” by President Clinton in 2000.

In 1994 millions saw him when he hosted the U.S. broadcast of the Three Tenors, Encore! Live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

One of his most memorable achievements was his collaboration with film score composer John Williams in the Academy Award winning movie Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos.

Perlman Astounded His Audience

Now Itzhak Perlman was appearing in concert at the Kennedy Center at Harvard University. Anticipation grew as the audience awaited his presence on stage. He slowly maneuvered across the stage with his metal walking apparatus. He sat down, positioned his violin, and started to play, when the unthinkable happened. A violin string broke.

Quickly his assistant scurried across the stage with another violin in hand. Itzhak Perlman lifted his hand and refused the extra violin. The audience sat spellbound, asking each other, “What is he going to do?”

He picked up the violin with the broken string and said, “It is my desire to make the best music with all I have left.” Perlman began to play with the three remaining strings. He poured his love of life and music into his concert as he amazed his audience. In the hands of a master, even a broken violin can sing.

Is Your Life in the Hands of a Master?

One of the most influential poems I ever read as a young person was The Touch of the Master’s Hand. The poem tells of an auctioneer who was auctioning an old broken-down violin, but no one would bid on it. Then an old man made his way to the front of the room, reached out for the violin and played a beautiful melody. The violin had sudden worth at the touch of a master’s hand.

As you race through life trying to get as much done as possible in a short time, breast cancer can stop you short. You can easily feel your life is broken and ruined. That’s the time to place your life in the hands of God, your maker. He can take your broken life and restore it to one of beauty as He plays across the strings of your heart.

You rarely control unexpected things that happen to you in life, but you have complete control of how you handle those things. Live your life with joy as you anticipate the beauty of life emerging from your tragedy.

Thought for Today:

“Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth; Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.” – John Templeton

Live Life,


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