Organizers of a Jewish centennial celebration in Muskegon, Mich., say they were just dreaming when they asked Itzhak Perlman to open their festival. But the violin virtuoso agreed.

Perlman's solo concert Saturday night marks the first of a series of events running through May 1989 to help the city of 150,000 honor the heritage of fewer than 90 families."We all were just dreaming at the first several planning meetings three years ago," said Henry Matthews. "We thought it was very funny to say, `Let's get Itzhak Perlman.' "