Violinist Midori to visit area schools

A prodigy who began playing professionally at age 11, classical violinist Midori has built a career not only on music performance, but music education as well.

"I believe that opportunities to explore music and arts early in life have the capacity to make an impact on a child's curiosity for future self-exploration and expression," she wrote in an e-mail.

This week, Midori, 29, will visit Chattanooga to perform with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and the CSO Youth Opera. She is coming here as part of her Orchestra Residencies program, in which she visits youth orchestras in two cities each year. Chattanooga was chosen by a selection committee.

While in the Scenic City, Midori also will visit classes at several schools, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga Center for the Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and Hixson High School.