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When I heard that Midori was coming to town, I pictured a shy, diminutive little girl playing a lovely Guarneri del Gesu violin, breaking strings with abandon. But prodigies do grow up, even if they are doomed to be remembered for their legendary precociousness and not recognized for their current careers. Midori, for one, is obviously determined to shake the image: Not satisfied with merely sharing her musical prowess on the stage, the famed violinist—who first soloed with the New York Philharmonic at age 11—has established the Midori and Friends foundation, which assists music teachers in giving lessons to needy students. After nine years, 60,000 young violinists have entered the fold—and many a parent has been soothed by the plaintive rasps of bow across string. This afternoon, the still-talented ex-prodigy performs with pianist Robert McDonald at 2:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, $20-$50. (202) 467-4600. (Amy Domingues)