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Published February 13 2010

Emotional Midori ready to perform with FMSO

Violinist Midori Goto’s demeanor is strikingly understated for someone who plays with such passion and emotion.

“I don’t try to do anything that’s not me when I play. I’m not trying to be quiet, and I’m trying to be energetic,” she said during an interview Friday at the Concordia College music building.

Midori is in Fargo-Moorhead through Sunday as part of a five-day residency that has seen her work with young musicians.

She’ll play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra tonight and Sunday. But Midori doesn’t see it as her role to bring a particular emotion to the piece.

When one plays music, “it’s not like you suddenly attach this emotion, that emotion. You know, the music answers that on its own,” she says.

Given the status she’s achieved in the classical music arena, Midori could stay holed up in that genre’s closed-off world of high art. But the Japanese-born virtuoso says she enjoys her work out in communities.

“I enjoy being a part of the community. I enjoy being part of society,” she says before adding that the job of a performer “definitely goes way beyond” playing concerts.

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