Department of Music

Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia performs landmark works in fall concert

BLACKSBURG, VA, August 24, 2005 ? The Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, Virginia Tech?s professional orchestra, will perform September 10 at 8 p.m. and September 11 at 3 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon as part of the University Chamber Music Series.

The fall performance of the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia features Stravinsky?s lyrically expressive ?Apollon Musagete? and Mozart?s alluring ?Haffner? Serenade.

Featured violinist for the performances is the COSV's concertmaster, Akemi Takayama. Ms. Takayama is concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony and a member of the Audubon Quartet. Acclaimed by Isaac Stern as "a true musician," Ms. Takayama is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she holds an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music Degree. She has served on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, the Idyllwild School for the Arts in California, the Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington and in the Audubon Quartet's annual String Quartet Seminar in Virginia.

Admission is $8 for Students and Senior Citizens, and $12 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 540-231-5615 or online at

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The Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia was founded in the fall of 1992 to celebrate the opening of the Recital Salon at Virginia Tech. The 28-member ensemble is made up of Virginia Tech Music Department faculty members and other professional musicians from Cleveland, Columbus, New York City, Boston, Miami, and Virginia. COSV programs always combine baroque or classical masterpieces with colorful, brilliant, and even daring works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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