Akemi Takayama & RSO: The Four Seasons & Appalachian Spring

February 10 – 11  

It seems almost unbelievable that Vivaldi’s now popular piece The Four Seasons was lost for more than 200 years before (re)appearing around 1950, just in time for the invention of the LP record. Today, with more than 200 renditions produced, it may be the most recorded classical work in history! The work consists of four delightful concerto sections – one for each season – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

The musical art of Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize winning work Appalachian Spring paints powerfully beautiful scenes – springtime in particular – including the unmistakable Shaker tune “Simple Gifts” and a sparkling mountain hoe-down. The RSO will perform the Appalachian Spring Suite in the work’s original instrumentation.

Both works, juxtaposing the Baroque and the 20th Century, will feature Roanoke Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and violin soloist Akemi Takayama.

Born to musical parents in Tokyo, Akemi Takayama began her violin career at the age of 15. She has performed throughout Japan, France, and the U.S., including appearances with the Shinsei-Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Yomiuri Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New World Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Takayama has served as concertmaster of the Williamsburg (VA) Symphonia, as an active chamber musician, and as associate professor of music at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music.

Hear The Four Seasons and Appalachian Spring suite with Akemi Takayama on the RSO’s concerts, February 10 and 11 at Jefferson Center in Roanoke. Tickets and information are available from the RSO at 540.343.9127 and rso.com.

Photo: Jim Stroup
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