Acclaimed Marimbist to Perform at Mary Baldwin University

September 28, 2006

Of marimbist Naoko Takada, The Washington Post wrote: “If you have any doubt that a solo mallet instrument can sustain your attention throughout an entire concert, Takada just might make you change your mind.”

Mary Baldwin University’s Carl W. Broman Concert Series presents marimbist Takada at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 10. The concert will feature works by J.S. Bach, Emmanuel Sejourne, and Augusto Marcellino.

Takada was born in Tokyo and began to study the marimba at the age of eight. She first appeared as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 11, when she played with the Tokyo Symphony and Tokyo Chamber Orchestra. In Tokyo she attended Waseda University, majoring in psychology. She then decided to focus on her marimba studies and entered California State University at Northridge, where she earned a bachelor of music and earned a master of music from Ithaca College.

Takada has appeared as a soloist with the Mobile Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, and the China National Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at the Belgium International Marimba Festival and in a benefit for Paul Newman’s Hole in Wall Gang Camp, where she appeared onstage with such personalities as Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, and Danny Glover.

The performance will be at 8 p.m. on October 10 in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton. Handicapped parking is available on campus, general parking is located on Frederick Street. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 887-7294.