Buncombe County Schools’ strings students are preparing for the experience of a lifetime this March! World-famous violinist Midori is scheduled to visit their schools, conduct classroom workshops, participate in a teacher symposium, and ultimately perform on-stage with them.
The Midori Foundations’ week-long Orchestra Residency Program (ORP) is made possible through a partnership with the Asheville Symphony. The Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) serves students in five counties across WNC, and was the only group chosen for Midori’s 2017 residency from among 40 applicants nationwide in a two-year process. In the ASYO’s three divisions- Symphony, Chamber and Prelude- 51 musicians are BCS students, however, the opportunity to participate in Midori’s visit will be available to all BCS strings students.
“The Asheville Symphony is committed to partnering in education with Buncombe County Schools, which is why we have made a concerted effort to include every BCS string student in one of Midori's residency activities,” explains Cara Jenkins, ASYO Manager and Education Coordinator.
Jenkins also is eager for Midori’s participation in the “Music Education Summit”, where the artist will join BCS administrators, teachers, and parents in discussing the future of partnerships and arts advocacy.
“As a unique opportunity for both our youth orchestra students and students at large to hear this incredible musician, we are excited to extend the opportunity to all BCS families to attend the concert on Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m.,” says Jenkins.
The concert will feature Midori and the ASYO, with selections from composers Verdi, Bach, Mussorgsky, and Bruch. Following the event there will be a free “Milk and Cookies” reception for the audience hosted by the Girl Scouts of America.
An event flyer is available HERE.
Midori’s bio can be found here: http://bit.ly/2lWSh6A
Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/2lyNPdc
*Use coupon code “BCSD20” to apply a 20% discount for BCS families.
(Featured Photo: Owen Middle School strings students rehearse.)