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Midori playing with Festival Strings Lucerne on the left and a headshot of Midori on right side holding her string instrument

Midori and Festival Strings Lucerne

Presented by
Adults $75 / $55
Students & Youth $10
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's 51st season

Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori made her professional debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1982—when she was 11 years old. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime artistic achievement. Rightly recognized as one of the most outstanding violinists of our time, she is also an activist and educator who is devoted to crafting connections between music and the human experience. The Washington Post says, "Midori is still the singular sound of familiar from her long affiliation with the virtuosic standards: big, focused, strongly projected, uncannily smooth and consistent bowing across a broadband spectrum of volume and color."

With the 39 piece Swiss chamber orchestra Festival Strings Lucerne, Midori will perform Robert Schumann's moving, mysterious, and rarely heard violin concerto as well as Beethoven's Romance in F Major. The orchestra will close the evening with Beethoven's ebullient and triumphant Symphony No. 7.

Arthur HONEGGER: Pastorale d'été, H. 31
Richard DUBUGNON: Caprice No. 4, "Es muss sein!"
Robert SCHUMANN: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23, with Midori
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Romance No. 2 in F Major, op. 50, with Midori
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92

Midori Website

Festival Strings Lucerne Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Cheese boards are only available through preorder and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site.

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Robert J. & Sue B. Latham

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at