Hoy by Carmen Heredia de Guerrero
The symphonic season 2015 has marked its imprint. It will always be remembered for the fact that for the first time, two of its concerts have been directed by female conductors; Zenaida Romeu, and in this fourth concert by Sarah Ioannides.
The symphonic poem “Finlandia” by Danish composer Jean Sibelius made a splendid opening for this musical night. The spirit of nationalism, a beloved homeland, oppressed so often, is a cause and an inspiration to Sibelius.
With a large orchestral load the patriotic theme develops. The “Andante sostenuto” is a beautiful evocation of the Finnish landscape. Contrasting, the “Allegro moderato” presents the trumpets and horns in a fanfare, followed by a beautiful melody, which becomes a vibrant, patriotic, pride of an entire people anthem, the end is an apotheosis. With this beautiful, lovely and unnerving symphonic poem, conductor Sarah Ioannides presented her credentials to the Dominican public, receiving a satisfying answer from the orchestra.
Applause for female conductors!!
The audience stands and rewards this special night with prolonged applause and we join them. Again we congratulate the maestro José Antonio Molina, head of the National Symphony, for the opportunity he provides in this season to appraise and enjoy efficient symphony leading women who definitely open up new paths.
Diario Hispaniola by Arismendi Vasquez
The successful participation of female instrumentalists and conductors in the current symphony season has been a wonderful experience, whose quality was reaffirmed on Wednesday night in the concert conducted impressively by Maestra Sarah Ioannides and in the brilliant performance of the talented violinist Kristin Lee in the Carlos Piantini Hall of the National Theatre Eduardo Brito.
The Symphony No.2 in D Major by Sibelius concluded the evening, an impressive work of four movements, whose orchestral performance director Sarah Ioannides was equal to, demonstrating her “unquestionable strength and authority” and great qualities as a conductor, for which she is recognized as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation, qualities that have led to her recent appointment as music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.
The News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti
The new Tacoma Symphony pattern of a big, enthusiastic crowd, a robust orchestra and a phenomenal soloist continued at the season opening concert in the Pantages Theater last Saturday, with an all-Russian program that saw German pianist Andreas Boyde romp through Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto and director Sarah Ioannides lead the ensemble to responsive and sonorous playing.
It’s a good start for Ioannides’ second year at the helm of an orchestra that’s getting its groove in both musical drive and audience popularity. To a nearly sold-out house, the TSO tackled both the rambling landscape of Prokofiev’s “Russian Overture” and the familiar one of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with clear commitment to their new leader, who manages to be both passionate and meticulous.