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Students to Host World-Famous Violinist
Students to Host World-Famous Violinist
Posted on 03/01/2017

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.

ASYOJenkins 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:

Tickets are available here:
*Use coupon code “BCSD20” to apply a 20% discount for BCS families.

(Featured Photo: Owen Middle School strings students rehearse.)

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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