World-renowned marimbist Naoko Takada to perform and instruct at WLC

Date Posted: January 12, 2011

MILWAUKEE – World-renowned marimbist Naoko Takada will spend three days in residency at Wisconsin Lutheran College in February, performing and working with students, faculty, and the community on mallet percussion.

Takada is known for her wide range of repertoire, from Bach to Piazzolla. She first appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Philharmonic at the age of 11. An arranger as well as a performer, her transcriptions have been published by Studio 4 Music.

On February 3, Takada will lead a master class at 4 p.m., followed by a seminar at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. During the master class, she will work with WLC music student Quinten Petersen on the college's new Yamaha five-octave marimba.

Takada will perform a Guest Artist Series concert on February 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($18 for senior citizens).

Then on February 5 at 3:30 p.m., Takada will perform a concert with the WLC Percussion Ensemble conducted by James A. Sewrey and the WLC Concert Band conducted by Prof. Terry S. Treuden. Takada will solo on a marimba showcase work by Keiko Abe called Prism RhapsodyTickets are $6 ($5 for senior citizens).

All events will be held in the Schwan Concert Hall, located in the Center for Arts and Performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Tickets for the two concerts are available from the WLC Box Office, 414.443.8802, or online at

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