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Itzhak Perlman, who has overcome disability, and his friend Pinchas Zukerman have followed similar paths to stardom

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Many strings to their bows: Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman in 1979. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Many strings to their bows: Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman in 1979. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Many strings to their bows: Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman in 1979. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

It was just a couple of months ago that the Houston Symphony Orchestra was due to welcome its artistic partner Itzhak Perlman for a concert. But on arrival in the Texan metropolis, the great violinist tested positive for Covid.

The Houston Chronicle indulged in a bit of clever wordplay, deploying an American colloquialism for substitute that fitted neatly with the stand-in virtuoso’s name — Pinchas pinch-hits for Perlman.


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