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Pregnant Midori cancels Florida Orchestra performances

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Midori is having her first baby! While that's delightful news for her, it's bad news for the Florida Orchestra.

The renowned violinist, one of the biggest names the orchestra has ever booked to perform, was scheduled to perform as a soloist in the 2014-15 season. But on the advice of her doctor, Midori, 42, has canceled several upcoming concerts including Masterworks performances with the Florida Orchestra Jan. 16, 17 and 18, the orchestra announced Thursday.

In May, Midori posted on her Facebook page that she regretted having to pull out of performances that month "in order to take care of some medical issues." She has recently also canceled performances with the New York Philharmonic.

She was by far the splashiest name on the orchestra's soloist lineup, until leaders confirmed in April that legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma would appear in concert at a Florida Orchestra gala affair on Jan. 31.

Midori Goto was born in Japan but spent much of her life in America growing up in the public eye. At 11, she famously debuted with the New York Philharmonic, and by 1992 had established Midori & Friends, an international nonprofit music education foundation. She is also a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Jennifer Koh will step in for Midori at the Florida Orchestra concerts, which will now include Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto on a program with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 led by Tito Muñoz as guest conductor.

Like Midori, Koh was a child violin prodigy, debuting with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 11. Her accolades including winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Other notable soloists for the 2014-15 season include pianist Peter Serkin, son of the late Rudolf Serkin, who opens the season in October, and pianist Jeremy Denk making his orchestra debut in April.

The soloists and musicians will be led by a slate of guest conductors including Perry So, Cristian Macelaru, Mei-Ann Chen and Michael Francis, who was recently named the orchestra's new music director and officially starts his three-year contract in the 2015-16 season.

If you have questions about tickets or want to make an exchange, call (727) 892-3337.

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