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WORLD-FAMOUS VIOLINIST, MIDORI, TO PERFORM AT UMFK

January 27, 2011

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce a March 30 performance by the world-renowned violin virtuoso, Midori, at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus. 

Midori’s performance is presented by UMFK in collaboration with Partners in Performance (PIP).
 
Reserved seating tickets to the Midori performance will only be sold in advance, and are priced at $20 per person for the performance only. Tickets to the performance, and a post-performance champagne reception with Midori, are priced at $35 per person.  Tickets are available through UMFK Development Office, located in the Madawaska House at 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, Maine, 04743. To reserve your tickets or more information on the performance, please call the Development office at (207) 834-7800.
 
Proceeds from the evening with Midori benefit 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 at nominal prices.
 
The violinist Midori is recognized not only for the evolution and scope of her 28-year career as one of the most dazzlingly gifted performers before the public, but increasingly for the prescient and innovative community engagement initiatives to which she devotes a substantial amount of her energies and resources worldwide on an ongoing basis.
 
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.
 
Midori's devotion to music education involves not only her extensive community engagement efforts but a deep commitment to her work at the University of Southern California.
 
At USC's Thornton School of Music, Midori holds the prestigious Jascha Heifetz Chair, and also serves as Chair of the Strings Department. As such, in addition to her administrative duties at USC, she provides private violin instruction and chamber music coaching to her students.
 
Midori actively performs with her students both on and off campus. In addition, and on an ongoing basis, Midori enjoys working with young violinists in master classes all over the world.
 
For future information on Midori, log onto: www.gotomidori.com