Midori’s Recital Tour of Japan offers concerts aimed at wide-ranging audiences
Midori recently completed a recital tour of Japan with pianist Özgür Aydin. All the concerts were sold out and were enthusiastically received by the audiences.
The first four concerts took place in Fukuoka, Gifu, Nagano and Hokkaido and were hour-long programs of works by Liszt/Schubert, Mozart, Kreisler and Schubert. During Q&As (Questions and Answers) before each concert, an announcer for the local radio or television station asked Midori questions about the program she was about to play, about her Music Sharing activities, her life as a professor at the University of Southern California, her dreams and more. These recitals were intentionally performed at times when those caring for small children, busy working people, older children and the elderly could attend.
“Sold-out” banner at Salamanca Hall in Gifu
More traditional, full-length recitals at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Hyogo’s Performing Arts Center featuring programs by Liszt/Schubert, Schoenberg, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert were also preceded by Q&A sessions
At Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Midori and Ozgur gave a special concert “for active seniors”. This was a project initiated in 2014 by Midori. It was a success and became an ongoing series in which other artists such as Myung-whun Chung have taken part. Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform in the series in October 2016.
Midori prepared three separately-worded brochures, one general brochure, one for senior citizens and one for young children, which were sent to audience members at their request in advance of the concerts. Many expressed their appreciation of this unusual and thoughtful offering.
Following the concert tour, Midori visited three shelters for victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake in April of this year. In what is still a severely damaged area, she played movements from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin for victims of the earthquake and for people helping the victims.
Mini-concert at Mifunecho Sports Center, a shelter for victims of the 2016 earthquake in Kumamoto and people assisting the victims