Eastern Festival Orchestra @ An Appalachian Summer Festival - Appalachian State University

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Hunter Bockes

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Sunday, July 9
Suite from The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka)

Introduction: "Le beau printemps" (tableau)
"La danse des oiseaux" (Dance of the Birds)
Le cortège du roi (fabuleaux) Bérendei
Le danse des bouffons (Dance of the Buffoons)

Violin Concerto, op.35

Allegro moderato - Moderato assai
Canzonetta. Andante
Finale. Allegro vivacissimo

          Midori, violin

Saxophone Concerto, op. 109

          Hunter Bockes, saxophone
          2016 Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition Winner

Pictures at an Exhibition

The Old Castle
Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
Samuel Goldenberg and teh Schmuyle
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hot on Fowl's Legs
​The Great Gate of Kiev

Midori is one of the most admired violinists of her generation. In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, giving master classes and participating in prominent artistic residencies, she has made a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning new concerto and recital works over a period of many years.

Beyond her performing and recording career, Midori has been recognized as a dedicated and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist throughout the US, Europe, Asia and the developing world. Among many honors she has received in recent years, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and received the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In recent seasons, Midori has added several new recordings to her extensive discography –   Bach’s complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas, a recital of sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich with pianist Özgür Aydin, and Paul Hindemith’s violin concerto with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a recording that won a Grammy for Best Classical Compendium. In February 2016, Sony Classical released The Art of Midori, a 10-CD set containing some of her most important recordings for the label. DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös and performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of the composer, was released in May 2016.

In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York City that brings music education programs to underserved schoolchildren. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Midori’s commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program, which involves week-long residencies with American youth orchestras.

Midori was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited the11-year-old Midori to make her debut at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.

Today, in addition to her performing and outreach activities, Midori serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin and holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She is also a Guest Professor at Japan’s Soai University and at Shanghai Conservatory and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music.

Midori plays the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ‘ex-Huberman’. She uses four bows – two by Dominique Peccatte, one by François Peccatte and one by Paul Siefried.

Saxophonist, Christopher “Hunter” Bockes is currently in his first year of Graduate studies at Northwestern University in pursuit of his Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance. He has been a member of their Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Ensemble and is a Graduate Assistant in their chamber music program. Hunter earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC. During his studies he has collaborated with dancers, actors, and other musicians in various ensembles and venues. Among those collaborations was a performance with Olympian, Jeremy Abbott, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with the group, “uncsaX.”

Hunter has been a member of award-winning saxophone quartets including ~Nois, Atchara Saxophone Quartet, Half and Half Saxophone Quartet, and Minerva Saxophone Quartet. Among his awards as a chamber musician are First Prize at the Chicago Chamber Music Competition, 2nd Prize at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Southeastern Regional Conference, and multiple First Prize awards at the North Carolina State MTNA conference. Among his awards as a soloist he most recently received First Place at the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition in Boone, NC. He has also been a finalist in the 2015 and 2016 UNCSA concerto competitions. Outside of his current and past school music groups he has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, and Twin City Stage Theater in Winston-Salem, NC.

He has performed in masterclasses held by world-renowned saxophonists Jean-Michel Goury and Kenneth Tse. He has also worked with saxophonists Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Carrie Koffman, John Sampen, Griffin Campbell, Zachary Shemon, Susan Fancher, Robert Young, and Jonathan Yanik, among others.

His primary teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Steven Stusek, and Dennis Brown.

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