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Naoko Takada to perform the classics on marimba in Milford

Naoko Takada
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October 30, 2013

MILFORD, PA — Can you play Bach on a marimba? Probably not, but marimba star Naoko Takada sure can. On Saturday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m. she will appear at the Milford Theatre, courtesy of Kindred Spirits Arts Programs. Takada will perform music ranging from Bach to modern composers—perhaps a tango, maybe something by Paul McCartney. Her program will include pieces by Chopin and Liszt that are normally played on a piano.

Born in Japan, Takada made her professional debut at age 11 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and she has gone on to play with the Houston Symphony, the China National Symphony Orchestra, and other A-list orchestras of the world. She released her first CD, “Marimba Meets the Classics,” in 2007. When the New Orleans Times-Picayune critic heard Takada, he wrote, “No one needs a critic when an audience leaps to its feet, calling a star soloist back for three encores.”

Takada will be speaking and performing for Delaware Valley High School students the day before her concert. Tickets cost $20 at the box office or $15 when purchased in advance at kindredspiritsarts.org. The public can also buy tickets at Books and Prints at Pear Alley, 220 Broad Street, Milford, PA. Children under 15 are admitted free.