This is posted on the BSO’s web site.
Violinist Mikhail Simonyan to Replace Midori for BSO Concerts,
Due to a sudden back injury, the BSO regrets to announce that violinist Midori has cancelled her upcoming engagement to perform with the BSO in the concerts on October 21-23, 2010. Conductor Gilbert Varga is still scheduled to lead the program.
Midori expressed her regret, “I’m so disappointed to miss the opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Varga! I have strained my back and have been strongly advised against physical exertion at this time. I greatly appreciate the graciousness and understanding of the BSO, and look forward to re-scheduling our collaboration at the earliest opportunity.”
In her place, the BSO is pleased to welcome Russian-Armenian violinist Mikhail Simonyan, who will perform his BSO debut. The program will remain unchanged and features Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto.
So, yeah. This week’s BSO concert is NOT “Midori Plays Shostakovich.” It is, however, still Shostakovich. And Stravinsky’s PETROUCHKA. But that Midori discount post I made a couple weeks ago isn’t so helpful anymore. Apologies. At least it says she wants to reschedule.
My friend Bekah told me that Midori was also supposed to do a master class at Peabody. Wow, I said, that would SUCK if you thought you’d be playing for Midori and it fell through. No, said Bekah, I’d probably be relieved. If I were playing for Midori, I would puke. To which I said, dude, you would be psyched to PUKE for Midori. You’d be like, Midori-sempai, am I puking loud enough? Do you want me to play with the dynamics? Is my puke the right shade of brown? How fast do you want me to puke? How do I add more vibrato without my throat spasming?
I mean, that’s how you’d react, right? I’m not weird.