Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Music director Robert Spano will conduct the concert, which will feature guest violinist Midori performing Schumann’s Violin Concerto. The program will also include Mendelssohn’s “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Wagner’s Prelude and “Good Friday Spell” from “Parsifal” and Prelude to Act One of “Die Meistersinger.”
Midori is recognized as one of the classical music world’s most gifted performers. She began studying violin with her mother in her native Japan, and when conductor Zubin Mehta heard Midori in 1982, he invited her to make her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11.
In 2007, Midori was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Her extensive discography includes 14 recordings on Sony Classical and two on the Philips label in addition to the Grammy-winning 2013 release of Paul Hindeminth’s violin concert with Germany’s NDR Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for the Atlanta Symphony concert are $25-$67 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.
The Performing Arts Center will offer a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. prior to the performance. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The performance underwriters are Jinx and Gordhan Patel, Malcolm and Priscilla Sumner, William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy, Wyatt and Margaret Anderson, and Jim and Freida Travis.