On January 6, 2016, Itzhak Perlman was in Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The legendary musician spoke with Access Living President & CEO Marca Bristo for an event billed as “An Intimate Conversation with Itzhak Perlman.” In front of more than 500 people, Marca interviewed Perlman, asking questions about everything from accessibility in the arts and the portrayal of disability, to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and Perlman’s time at the White House as a Presidential Medal of Honor recipient. Perlman shared insights about disability and music as well as anecdotes about airline travel and the Ed Sullivan Show. Perlman, who contracted polio at a young age, never shied away from the topic of disability.
After the interview on stage, Marca captured some footage of Perlman in an interview with NBC 5 Chicago. Below are a few clips.