- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on Violinist Itzhak Perlman’s cancellation of his North Carolina performance

7:10 p.m.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman says he canceled his Wednesday performance with the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh after he was told he would not be able to include a personal statement opposing a new state law in the event program.

In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Perlman said he will not perform in North Carolina until the state’s law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people is reversed.

Perlman had said he wanted to proceed with the concert to support the 66 professional musicians employed by the North Carolina Symphony but reversed the decision Tuesday after orchestra management told him he would not be able to include his opposition to the law in the event program.

Symphony spokeswoman Linda Charlton said as a state-sponsored, nonpartisan organization, symphony performances are not an appropriate forum for political commentary.


2:37 p.m.

Another renowned musician has canceled a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Violinist Itzhak Perlman canceled his May 18 performance in Raleigh.

Perlman was scheduled to perform with the North Carolina Symphony at the Meymandi Concert Hall.

In the post, Perlman says he has spent a lifetime opposing discrimination toward those with physical disabilities and describes himself as a vocal advocate of treating all people equally.

The post says Perlman will return to North Carolina only after the law is repealed.

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