& CULTURE “The important date is not your first performance in a great musical hall,” explains Itzhak Perlman , perhaps the world’s most famous living violinist. “It’s the second date, when they ask you to come again.” And since his first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 , at age 13, the virtuoso keeps getting invited back to play more. Perlman’s private concerts have dazzled Queen Elizabeth II and the Bushes, to name just a few, and he has played with hundreds of orchestras around the globe. He last played Houston in 2013; this month, he will reappear at Jones Hall. This time, though, the master’s return is rather personal. In addition to conducting the Houston Symphony (houstonsymphony.org)—in which his son-in-law Rob Johnson just so happens to play the French horn—he’ll have the chance to visit his daughter Ariella (married to Johnson), who is pregnant with twins. “And they’re due any day now!” – Ray Dennison ART Heart Strings TAKING THE BATON Itzhak Perlman will play with—and conduct—the Houston Symphony Feb. 12-15 at Jones Hall (615 Louisiana St., 713.224.7575).