Starstruck faces filled the packed theater on Thursday night as world renowned violinist, Midori, took the stage with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
Midori, accompanied by the orchestra played “Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO I” by Robert Schumann – a piece not often played in performance.
“I enjoyed it very much,” Midori said. “We spent some time rehearsing and putting the piece together and it’s always an interesting process. As we keep working together we grow together and learn from each other. It’s always very, very nice.”
As one of the most famous violinists in the world everyone was in awe over her and her performance.
“It is really one of the highlights of my life,” said Laura Athearn, a first violinist in GSO. “I would never in my life have expected to be able to be on the same stage as she. It is something that I’m glad I got to experience.”
Midori also hosted a master class for members of GSO before their performance.
“It was so great,” said Shelby Damron, a first violinist in GSO. “I was so nervous to play my piece but she gave us such great advice and not just about technical things but musical things like musical quality and putting more feeling and flow into it and it made my playing so much better immediately.”
Along with a surprise master class Midori played a wonderful encore that had everyone on their feet clapping at the end of it. She played “Bach sonata in E major partita” – she played it to perfection and had everyone in awe.
“I’ve played that piece so I know how wicked hard it is,” Darmon said. “Just seeing her play it so perfectly right in front of my face just took my breath away.”
“I just wish I could have been in the audience to listen to Midori,” Athearn said. “Her Bach at the end was awing. All of the violinists, our jaws dropped.”
The other piece played by GSO was “Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 Winter Dreams” by Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky.
“Tchaikovsky is my personal favorite composer, so I just think that whole piece was great,” Damron said. “I love all the emotions and feelings in Tchaikovsky and I think all the big moments and the little moments were just really beautiful.”
“It was very nice,” said Doug Arndt, who was at the concert. “It was very melodic.”
Overall the evening was one to remember. The GSO has not had anyone of this caliber before performing with them.
“It can’t get any better for me then having Midori,” Athearn said. “She was really inspiring to everybody and she still is. She’s a legend.”