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Shelter Island Hosts A Different Kind of "Petting Zoo"

Shelter Island Hosts A Different Kind of "Petting Zoo"

Home of the Perlman Music Program,
Shelter Island is bustling with high-caliber
musical activity from June 28th to August 16th


The Perlman Music Program provides performance opportunities for talented young string players and pianists in the realm of chamber music and larger ensemble playing. On Sunday July 12th, the young artists were able to give back to the community that welcomes them every year by hosting an instrument “petting-zoo.”

With instruments donated by the Long Island Violin Shop, curious young minds could finally get up close and personal with the instruments they’ve seen so many times on stage. The children were able to bow and pluck their way around the instruments with the helpful guidance of the volunteer musicians. The day also consisted of performances of chamber works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and a musical written by PMP Alumni Molly Carr.

LIVS_PMP2The Long Island Violin Shop takes great pleasure in helping spark the excitement of young players. Instrument “petting-zoos” are a fantastic way for kids to get hands-on experience with the instruments in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. And don’t worry, the instruments don’t bite.

Founded by Toby Perlman 21 years ago, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and vibrant programs in Shelter Island, New York City, Florida, Vermont, and Israel, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.

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