Marin Symphony joins a special club this week – ensembles that violinist Midori has selected to be part of her Orchestra Residencies Program, or ORP. She’ll spend the week working especially with young musicians, before a series of concerts with the Symphony, and a Sunday afternoon performance with the three Youth Orchestras called “Orch’apalooza”. Music Director Alasdair Neale says it’s ‘such a feather in our caps.’
The famed violinist began the ORP program in the early 2000’s, and spends roughly a week with the chosen ensembles, working with the younger players. “The main focus of this program is to make music with the youth orchestra, and to actively engage in music making with the young people in the community. So these are the core activities. And then there are masterclasses, some informal talks, and questions and answers, and visits to area schools.” At Symphony Day With Midori, on Friday, area schoolkids will be presented with a performance of the Youth Orchestra, including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Midori as soloist, and joined by 3 other young players for the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins. They’ll also present that repertoire at Orch’apalooza on Sunday afternoon. Friday and Saturday evenings, she’ll solo in the Benjamin Britten Violin Concerto, on a concert that also includes Mason Bates’ Devil’s Radio and the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra.