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Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso (2000)
Starring: Isaac Stern, Jimmy Connors
Director: Karen Thomas
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: WinStar Home Video
60 mins



An in-depth look at one of the world's most celebrated musicians

Virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern is one of the 20th century's most renowned and celebrated musicians and widely recognized as an influential teacher, emissary, speaker and humanitarian.In an amazing career, which has spanned over 60 years, he has toured for the U.S.O. in World War II, opened the Soviet Union to cultural exchange during the Cold War and saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecker's ball.American Masters celebrates the stellar life and work of the maestro with Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso.This stirring portrait, narrated by Meryl Streep, features rarely seen archival footage of Stern performing at the height of his artistry as well as never-before-seen home movies.Highlighting the impressive international scope of Stern's influence are interviews with distinguished students, colleagues and friends such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tennis great Jimmy Connors, conductor Zubin Mehta, news analyst Daniel Schorr, legendary actor Gregory Peck and others.