Midori & The Planets: Meet Midori - April 28-30 cover

Midori & The Planets: Meet Midori - April 28-30


Debussy’s serene piano piece, orchestrated by the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Then, Korngold’s achingly beautiful Violin Concerto (reimagined from his Oscar-winning film scores), performed by former child prodigy Midori, now a mesmerizing virtuoso. Finally, Holst’s dramatic interpretation of the cosmos. Music inspired by the galaxy itself — grand and exciting!
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Clair de Lune
Arr. Leopold Stokowski
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) Concerto in D Major for Violin and
Orchestra, Op. 35
Moderato nobile
Romance: Andante
Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets
Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Women of Pacific Chorale
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 3 of the Program Notes for April 28 - 30.
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Midori & The Planets: Meet Midori - April 28-30


Midori is one of the most legendary violinists of this generation.

In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, she has also been recognized by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum for her exceptional commitment to education and community engagement throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and the developing world.

More recently, Midori has been making a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning several new concerto and recital works.



In the last few seasons, Midori has added several new recordings to her extensive catalogue of discs—a recording of Bach’s complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas and a forthcoming release of the violin concerto DoReMi written for her by Peter Eötvös and recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Perfomer, Educator and Activist

In 2014, a recording featuring Midori’s performance of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.

Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist. In 1992 she founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York which brings music education programs to underserved New York City schoolchildren in every borough each year.

Messenger Of Peace

Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts.

Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residences Program. In 2007, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Zubin Mehta

Midori was born in Osaka, Japan in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. Zubin Mehta first heard Midori play in 1982 and it was he who invited her to make her now legendary debut—at the age of 11—at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.

Distinguished Professor

Today Midori lives in Los Angeles, where, in addition to her many commitments, she continues her position as Distinguished Professor of Violin and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Midori’s violin is the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ‘ex-Huberman.’ She uses three bows—two by Dominique Peccatte, and one by Paul Siefried.

To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.