April 1, 2011
A capacity crowd was on hand at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Wednesday evening to witness and hear the world-renowned violin virtuoso, Midori.
The nearly 500 people in attendance at UMFK’s Fox Auditorium were treated to an hour and one-half spectacular from the diminutive and emotionally-engaged Midori. The evening featured her performing the music of Beethoven, Bach, Franck, and Ravel. She was accompanied by pianist Charles Abramovic.
Following the show, Midori met with concert attendees at a champagne reception.
Midori’s performance was presented by UMFK in collaboration with Partners in Performance (PIP).
Proceeds from the evening with Midori benefitted UMFK’s International Performers Series, which provides a wide range of entertainment free to UMFK students, as well as to the greater Fort Kent community.
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 at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power of music to change lives.
PIP was founded with the monetary award that Midori received as part of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 2001. Initiated in the wake of Arts Council funding cutbacks across the United States, PIP aims to stimulate local interest in recitals and chamber music, specifically in smaller outlying communities without the financial resources of major urban centers.