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Naoko, the Marimba, and the MSYO

May 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

| $8 Students and $20 Adults

The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Robert J. Seebacher presents:

Naoko, the Marimba, and the MSYO
featuring Naoko Takada, marimba

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Saenger Theatre.


Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers from “The Snow Maiden”

Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 “Little Russian”

Marimbist Naoko Takada is renowned for her wide range of repertoire, from Bach to Piazolla. An arranger and performer, Ms. Takada’s transcriptions have been published as part of the Naoko Takada Series, which also includes works written for her by composers Yasutaki Inamori, Paul Fowler, John Anthony Lennon and Hayato Hirose.

Ms. Takada’s past seasons included a performance of Keiko be’s Prism Rhapsody for marimba and orchestra with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and conductor Toshiyuki Shimada, and appearances at Western Lutheran College and New York’s Symphony Space. She also performed the Kevin Puts Marimba Concerto with the Youngstown, Great Falls and West Los Angeles symphonies, had her Berlin recital debut at the Konzerthaus and performed with the Lincoln County Concert Association and at the University of Florida.

She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious S & R Washington Award by the S & R Foundation in 2006, a prize that supports artists who contribute to cultural understanding between the U.S. and Japan.

Born in Tokyo, Ms. Takada began marimba lessons at the age of eight and had her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at the age of eleven. After majoring in psychology, Ms. Takada decided to focus on her marimba studies and entered California State University at Northridge as a student of Karen Ervin-Pershing, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. A Yamaha performing artist, she earned a Master of Music degree from Ithaca College, working with Gordon Stout, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory with Nancy Zeltsman.


May 9, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$8 Students and $20 Adults
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Mobile Saenger Theatre
6 South Joachim, Mobile, AL 36602 United States


Mobile Symphony