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Midori Plays Bach

Sun. Apr. 16, 2023 at 3pm

Presented by The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Irvine Barclay Theatre

Pre-concert lecture by Classical California KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen at 2pm

Part of the Distinctive Experiences Series

Midori: violin


BACH: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A minor, BWV 1003
Thierry ESCAICH: Nun komm
BACH: Sonata No. 3 for Solo Violin in C major, BWV 1005
John ZORN: Passagen
BACH: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Hailed as one of the violin’s most “intense, assured and polished” (The Washington Times) performers, Midori is a visionary artist, activist, and educator whose career has transcended traditional boundaries through her relentless drive to explore and build connections between music and the human experience.

Never at rest, Midori brings the same dynamic innovation and expressive insight that has made her a prominent concert violinist to her other roles as a noted global cultural ambassador and dedicated music educator. In recognition of her work as an artist and humanitarian, she serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Midori was born in Osaka in 1971 and began her violin studies with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. In 1982, conductor Zubin Mehta invited the then 11-year-old Midori to perform with the New York Philharmonic in the orchestra’s annual New Year’s Eve concert, where the foundation was laid for her following career. Midori is the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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