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Midori performing in Myanmar along with Gahyun Cho, violin; William Frampton, viola; and Michael Katz, cello.

World renowned violinist Midori has formed an international quartet with three gifted, young musicians to perform a series of concerts through the holiday season in Myanmar.

This travelling concert series is part of Midori’s International Community Engagement Program and aims to bring classical music to disadvantaged communities, connect these communities and the musicians, and raise awareness about the challenges poorer regions face in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

“I am very excited that Myanmar was chosen for this year’s ICEP program because of the positive changes happening so quickly here. I know that music can help bring communities together and support people in creating a better future,” said Midori upon arriving in Yangon. “We are spending these ten days, which coincide with the holidays being celebrated in many parts of the world, to send the signal to all the people of Myanmar that they have the world’s admiration and support.”

Midori’s quartet began a busy schedule in Yangon, and the tour included camps for internally displaced populations in Myitkyina on Christmas Eve and Day, health care centers and schools in Mandalay, and will wrap up with a Myanmar Peace Centre Concert on Sunday, December 29.

Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar said, “Midori is a committed UN Messenger of Peace and her gift of music demonstrates how the arts can help bring communities together to work towards democratization and development for the country.”

Midori with patients at a hospital specializing in helping patients with cleft palates.

Midori with patients at a hospital specializing in helping patients with cleft palates.

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Midori has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2007, with a focus on Youth and the Millennium Development Goals.

The United Nations is committed to supporting Myanmar in its efforts to address the country’s critical priorities of national reconstruction, political modernization and social harmony. Find out more about work underway there on the website on the UN Development Programme and the UN Department of Political Affairs.