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Violin Virtuoso Midori at Tucson Music Hall
November 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$45 – $95
Violin virtuoso Midori will join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra to perform the beautiful but technically demanding Brahms Violin Concerto one night only, Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall. Music Director José Luis Gomez will conduct the program, which will feature additional music by Brahms, Johann Strauss, Jr. and Antonín Dvořák.
A leading concert violinist for over 30 years, Midori made her professional debut with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic in 1982 when she was just 11 years old. She has performed with, among many others, the symphony orchestras of London, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and the Berlin, Vienna, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg and Czech philharmonics and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with such outstanding musicians as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Midori’s recent and upcoming engagements highlight her versatility with performances of orchestral and chamber works by Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Schumann, Hindemith, Brahms, Mozart, Franck, Respighi, Schubert and Enescu in Europe, Asia and North and South America.
With the beginning of the fall semester in early September 2018, Midori joined the Violin Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Previously, Midori held the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she spent 14 years working one-on-one with her violin students.
“The Brahms Violin Concerto is the longest of the ‘great’ violin concertos and requires the highest level of technical command, lyrical breadth, and emotional control,” states Vancouver Classical Music. “The extended first movement requires strong and decisive statement but this must be blended with both an easeful sweetness and a more forlorn melancholy. The movement is complex and difficult to carry from beginning to end. A challenging prospect, but Midori had such complete control over the movement’s tensions and lyrical line that it evolved as one continuously-revealing story.”
The program will open with a Brahms Overture and feature Johann Strass, Jr.’s Emperor Waltzes and one of the most popular of Dvorák’s sixteen Slavonic Dances in the first half.
Tickets to Midori are $45 to $95. They are available online at www.tucsonsymphony.org, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office, or by phone at (520) 882-8585.