MIDORI | Orchestra Residency Program to take place in Bangor and Orono Maine between 28 January and 1 February 2015 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra
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Orchestra Residency Program to take place in Bangor and Orono Maine between 28 January and 1 February 2015 with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO) will host Midori and her Orchestra Residencies Program in an educational residency and set of concerts scheduled to take place in Bangor and Orono, Maine. Events open to the public events will include a Master Class at the University of Maine on January 30, a concert with the BSYO and student soloists at Bangor High School on January 31and a Masterworks concert with the BSO at the Collins Center for the Arts on February 1.

The residency in Bangor will have four major focus areas: work with the BSYO, community outreach, engagement with local schools and universities, and a performance with the BSO.

Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras | January 28 – 31, 2015
Midori and one of her doctoral candidates at USC, Ga Hyun Cho, will work with all BSYO ensembles and students and Midori will host a round-table discussion on college auditions for BSYO families and local teachers at Thursday’s rehearsal. The culmination of the BSYO’s work with Midori will be a concert on January 31 at Bangor High School that will feature Midori as a soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins alongside student soloists Julia Malcolm, Brandon and Colin Aponte and Will Somes (see below).

Community Outreach | January 29, 2015
On January 29, Midori will conduct an outreach tour with Ga Hyun Cho and three members of the BSYO. The group will visit Acadia Hospital, performing for both pediatric and adult inpatients as part of the BSO and Acadia’s ongoing Music and Wellness Program. They will proceed to St.Joseph’s Hospital to participate in the Hospital’s burgeoning music program for staff, patients, and visitors and they will also visit Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono.

Engagement with Schools | January 30, 2015
On January 30, Midori will visit Bangor High School, Orono High School, and the University of Maine for a series of demonstrations and master classes. At Bangor High School, Midori and Ga Hyun Cho will give a violin demonstration for string players from all Bangor schools before answering student questions. At Orono High School, Midori will coach the Orono High School Orchestra before leading a violin demonstration. In Minsky Hall at the University of Maine, Midori will conduct the annual Dr Maurice P. King Master Class for both BSYO and University of Maine violin students.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra | February 1, 2015
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will present a Masterworks concert Midori and More! on Sunday, February 1 at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. Music Director Lucas Richman will conduct the Orchestra and Midori will be the soloist in Schumann’sViolin Concerto in D minor. Maestro Richman and Midori will lead a Pre-Concert Talk for ticket holders ahead of the concert.