If his Twitter feed is any indication, violinist-conductor Itzhak Perlman is enjoying a busy summer. He’s conducted Mozart in Berlin, traveled to Jerusalem to receive the Genesis Prize and played the National Anthem at a recent New York Mets game.

A longtime Chicago favorite, he returns for two concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this weekend at the Ravinia Festival: on Aug. 20, an all-Beethoven program of the Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 7, led by Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and on Aug. 21, the violinist moves to the podium to conduct an all-Tchaikovsky program of Symphony No. 5, Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, and the “1812” Festival Overture (with live cannons). Joining Perlman for the Aug. 21 concert will be cellist Lynn Harrell, who’s celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Ravinia debut; Perlman, who bowed at Ravinia in July 1967, marks that milestone next season.

Some recent snippets from Perlman’s Twitter feed:

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TOP: Itzhak Perlman plays the National Anthem before a Subway Series game pitting the Mets against the Yankees. | Photo: courtesy of the Mets organization