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October 20, 2010

Midori cancels Baltimore Symphony engagement due to back injury

This week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert was to have included one of the starriest names on its lineup of 2010-11 guest artists -- Midori, the brilliant violinist who captured the attention of the music world before she reached her teens.

She was scheduled to perform the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich in the program led by guest conductor Gilbert Varga.

In a statement released Wednesday, Midori said: "I’m so disappointed to miss the opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Varga. I have strained my back and have been strongly advised against physical exertion at this time. I greatly appreciate the graciousness and understanding of the BSO, and look forward to re-scheduling our collaboration at the earliest opportunity."

Filling in for the Shostakovich concerto will be Mikhail Simonyan, a 25-year-old Russian-Armenian violinist. The rest of the Russian program is also unchanged: Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmilla" Overture and Stravinsky's "Petrouchka." 

PHOTO (by Lisa Marie Mazzucco) COURTESY OF BSO

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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