Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina performance over LGBT law

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

By: AP | Raleigh | Published: May 18, 2016 8:22:28 am
Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs during a tribute concert to composer Marvin Hamlisch in New York, New York, United States on September 18, 2012.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs during a tribute concert to composer Marvin Hamlisch in New York, New York, United States on September 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo)

Violinist Itzhak Perlman became the latest of a series of renowned musicians to cancel a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people.

Perlman canceled his May 18 performance in Raleigh in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

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 as a vocal advocate of treating all people equally. When he was a child, Perlman contracted polio, and learned to walk using crutches.

Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the rock group Boston are among other musical performers who have canceled their shows due to the law.

Cyndi Lauper and comedian Louis C.K. have pledged to donate profits from their shows to the equal-rights group Equality North Carolina.

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