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Midori to Hold Free OCU Violin Master Class

The acclaimed violinist Midori will hold a master class at Oklahoma City University at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, in Petree Recital Hall. The hour-long event is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as part of the  "Master Classes with the Artists" series. Admission is free and open to the public.

During the master class, Midori will critique three central Oklahoma violin students. Angelica Pereira, 21, of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, will perform the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Elizabeth Fairchild, 21, of Southern Nazerene University will present the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4. OCU alumnus Marat Gabullin, 27, now a graduate student at University of Oklahoma, will play the opening movement of  Brahms'  Sonata for Violin and Piano op. 78 in G Major.

Midori will perform Mendelssohn's The Hebrides ("Fingal's Cave")  and his Violin Concerto in E minor at 8 p.m. Saturday with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall.
She was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto. After Zubin Mehta heard her play in 1982, he engaged her as a surprise guest soloist for the New York Philharmonic's traditional New Year's Eve concert. She received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.

Named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, Midori has created a new model for young artists who seek to balance the joys and demands of a performing career with a hands-on investment in the power of music to change lives.

Her current season includes more than 100 concerts in 19 countries. She will make her fifth recital tour devoted entirely to new music, culminating in an engagement at Zankel Hall in New York City.

Midori is in her seventh year as Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and her fourth year as chair of its strings department. In addition, she has hands-on involvement in the four community engagement organizations she has founded - Midori & Friends, Partners in Performance, Orchestra Residencies Program, and Music Sharing.