The big attraction of the Fourth Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, which runs from March 1 to March 10 in various locations, is a very big one indeed: Itzhak Perlman, who’ll be performing “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul” with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot at Symphony Hall on March 3. It’s actually a Celebrity Series presentation, but it says something about the BJMF that it’s been able to wrap its event around an appearance by one of the world’s most famous classical violinists. The festival is also spreading its wings: Thursday night it opened with a “North Shore preview” concert in Newburyport, and there will be New Hampshire concerts in Nashua and Portsmouth.
Jim Ball, the BJMF’s director of communications, explains that Perlman developed “Eternal Echoes” with New England Conservatory faculty member Hankus Netsky. He points out that “Hankus also happens to be on our board of directors. They did this show two years ago in LA, and we knew they would be taking it on tour. It was a show we couldn’t have afforded to mount ourselves. But as it turned out, the Celebrity Series already had it on their calendar.