World-Class Violinist Midoria to Perform Nov. 2
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 [12:30 PM]
Midori will perform 7 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 2, at
Columbia Christian Church.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College will
welcome world-class violinist Midori to Columbia-Adair County for a
special Nov. 2. concert.
The world-class violinist will perform a concert accompanied
by pianist Özgür Aydin at 7 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 2, at Columbia
Christian Church, 206 Campbellsville St.
In addition to offering the region an outstanding cultural
experience, the Nov. 2 concert will also leave a lasting impact on
the area. Money raised from the concert will support the
performance of classical and chamber music in the
Midori's concert is made possible in part by
the nonprofit organization Partners in Performance. Founded by
Midori, Partners in Performance co-presents chamber music concerts
with the goal of stimulating interest in classical music in rural
At the Nov. 2 concert, Midori is scheduled to perform pieces
by J.S. Bach and Beethoven.
Called by The New York Times
"a complete artist who knows what she wants," Midori is
recognized for the evolution and scope of her 29-year career as a
dazzlingly gifted performer. She is also well-known for the
prescient and innovative community engagement initiatives to which
she devotes a substantial amount of her energies and resources
worldwide on an ongoing basis.
In recognition her work, Midori was given the prestigious
Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in 2012 in Davos,
Switzerland, and she was named a Messenger of Peace in 2007 by U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Midori has performed in more than 12 countries on four
continents, including with Minnesota Orchestra, the National
Symphony and the Royal Danish Orchestra. She made her first
recording at the age of 14 for Philips. She also has recordings on
Sony Masterworks, including a Grammy-nominated 2005 recording of
the Paganini "Caprices for Solo Violin" and the 2008
two-disc The Essential
Midori has been credited for creating a new model for young
artists who seek to balance the joys and demands of a performing
career at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power
of music to change lives.
Her involvement with community engagement began in 1992. Upon
learning of severe cutbacks to arts education in New York City
public schools, Midori conceived of an organization called Midori
& Friends. What started with individual personal visits by
Midori to schools in underserved neighborhoods of the city grown
into a multi-tiered 26-week course for school children, including
instrument instruction, elementary music theory, choral singing and
community concerts. More than 190,000 children have participated in
Midori & Friends over the last two decades.
Midori established Partners in Performance with money she won
as part of the Avery Fisher Prize in 2001. The organization's
purpose is to stimulate and reinforce local interest in classical
music, especially in smaller communities without the advantages of
large urban centers. Proceeds from concerts in rural areas are used
by the community to support its classical music
Midori lives in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor's degree in
psychology and gender studies from New York University, and a
master's degree in psychology. She is Jascha Heifetz Chair and
Chair of the Strings Department at the University of Southern
California Thornton School of Music.
A reception will follow the Nov. 2 Lindsey Wilson concert
at Columbia Christian Church. Tickets can purchased by contacting
the LWC Alumni Office firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 384-8400 or
online at www.lindsey.edu/midoritickets.