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Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs on state Senate floor

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

World-renowned violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman performed on the floor of the Arizona State Senate Tuesday as part of the Senate's Statehood Day celebration.

Perlman performed the National Anthem with the Southwest Stringers, a group of orchestra students from Entz and Hale Elementary Schools in Mesa.

Perlman is regarded as one of the preeminent violinists of our time. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 17 and began to tour the world a short time later.

He has been a soloist for a number of movie scores, including the score of the film Schindler's List, which won the Academy Award for Best Score. In 2003, he received a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honor celebrating his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of our nation. He's won four Emmy Awards and 15 Grammy Awards.

Perlman and the Southwest Stringers were joined by Navy Petty Officer Zachary Henning, who just returned from Afghanistan, and is a Southwest Stringer alumnus.

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