This is a bit like déjÁ  vu for me. I remember being a pudgy 13-year-old at fundraiser events, playing at about 11.30 at night, and everybody was tired and wanted to leave - including myself!'

Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs Kreisler's Tempo di Minuetto in the Style of Pugnani at the White House in 2012.

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