RALEIGH, N.C. — Itzhak Perlman cancelled his Wednesday concert with the North Carolina Symphony due to the controversial House Bill 2.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Perlman said:
“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 ‘is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.’ I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.”
The event was scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
Perlman is a 15-time Grammy award winner.
The violinist is the latest in a string of artists to cancel North Carolina performances over HB2, including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Pearl Jam.
The North Carolina Republican Party released this statement after Perlman’s announcement:
“Itzhak Perlman’s decision to cancel his performance is just the latest example of hypocrisy and selective outrage from the far-left that does nothing but hurt ordinary North Carolinians. What’s interesting is he will perform in Texas and Wisconsin, two other states that have similarly taken a stand against the President’s overreaching school bathroom and locker room policy.”