Midori withdraws from July 8, Chee-Yun steps in
[caption id="attachment_2992" align="alignleft" width="200"] Midori will perform July 7, but withdraw from the OBF July 8 concert for medical reasons. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders[/caption] With deep regret, violinist Midori will withdraw from her July 8 Oregon Bach Festival orchestra concert for medical reasons. In place of Bach's violin concerto BWV 1042, Chee-Yun, the Korean-born violinist whose honors include winning the 1989 Young Concert Artists competition, will step in and perform the Mozart “Turkish” violin concerto with the OBF orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Midori will still take part in this year's Festival, leading a master class July 6, which is open to the public, and performing a solo Bach concert Sunday, July 7 in Beall Concert Hall. She will withdraw from the “Let’s Talk” free public Q & A. “I am delighted to be able to join the Oregon Bach Festival on the 6th and 7th of July,” Midori said. “However, it is a great disappointment to me to have to withdraw from the concert with Jeffrey Kahane and the Festival orchestra on July 8th, in order to take care of a long-delayed medical procedure that is necessary at that time. “I am grateful to the entire Oregon Bach Festival organization for their kind understanding of this situation, and look forward to joining the Festival orchestra as soon as possible in a future season. I so much appreciate the patience of my listeners, supporters and colleagues in the interim.” Tickets are still available for Midori’s July 7 solo recital. The program is part of the violinist’s year-long mission to perform all of Bach’s solo partitas and sonatas, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her New York Philharmonic debut—at age 11. [caption id="attachment_11240" align="alignleft" width="192"]Chee-Yun[/caption] Chee-Yun's first public performance at age 8 took place in her native Seoul, South Korea after she won the Grand Prize of the Korean Times Competition. She made her OBF debut in 2011 as concertmaster in a Mahler program conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, she has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and National symphony orchestras. She was featured in the Kennedy Center’s “Salute to Slava” gala honoring Mstislav Rostropovich, the Mostly Mozart Festival’s tour to Japan, and a performance with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Away from her concert tours, Chee-Yun is an Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Two other works on the July 8 orchestra program remain as programmed: Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto with Kahane as soloist.
Midori at the Oregon Bach Festival
2 pm Saturday July 6, Beall Hall (free)
3 pm Sunday July 7, Beall Hall ($62-$15)
Chee-Yun at the Oregon Bach Festival
12 pm Monday, July 8, The Studio in the Hult Center (free)
OBF Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor 7:30 pm, Silva Concert Hall ($62, $49, $38, $29, $15)