How well can you ever really know your family? If you are Jonathan Holiff, there is only one option — perpetual discovery. Following his father Saul’s suicide, Holiff finds hundreds of letters, audio diaries and recorded phone calls the late music manager had with his client Johnny Cash. Embarking on a moving journey to know his father, Holiff creates a documentary with heart and perhaps some healing. Fri. Various times. $11 (general admission), $8 (ages 11 and under, 62 and over, bargain matinee). Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836.
“Energy is eternal delight,” the poet William Blake said, and klezmer music proves his point. For centuries throughout Jewish Eastern Europe, rhythmically high-strung klezmer bands, which often featured a virtuoso violinist and clarinetist trading licks, were a provocation to dance. They could also make brides weep at the drop of a yarmulke.
Arranging a concert program is like planning a dinner, says Itzhak Perlman, calling from New York. First comes an appetizer, then the main course, and finally something to clear the palate.
A just-released video captures a bit of music history. It’s a rehearsal, but no ordinary rehearsal.
The great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, suffered from polio as a child and ever since has been in a wheelchair. On one occasion, while performing a violin concerto, one of the strings broke. It occurred in the very first movement with an audible ping. Everyone waited to see what he would do. With astonishing virtuosity, he continued as if nothing had happened, playing through to the finale using only the remaining three strings.