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Review: ‘Water Passion’ proves the Tacoma Symphony’s musical chops and vitality

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The News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti

 

Tacoma has proven that not only does it have the
chops to do a major contemporary classical
work, it’s got the audience to appreciate it. A
host of forces, from conductor Sarah Ioannides
to the Tacoma Symphony Chorus to soloists,
stage crew and sponsors came together Sunday
afternoon at the Pantages Theater to perform Tan
Dun’s epic “Water Passion.”

 

Holding all these forces together, along with the
dramatic lighting (red for blood, gold for rebirth)
and amplified sounds was Ioannides, whose
personal connection to Tan Dun made the piece
possible in the first place.

 

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Review: Tacoma Symphony luxuriates in Rialto sound, romantic program

Muzzolini 10The News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti

 

“Debussy, Alvars and Beethoven played with warmth and emotion”

 

And then came Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6, the “Pastorale”…..From the opening strings to the oboe solo and solid, driving bass in the first movement, through the nostalgic waltz and lyrical cello solo of the second (unusually strong), to the furious storm of the fourth and the triumphant melody of the final movement, the orchestra played well, responding to Ioannides’ attention to dynamic detail. Ioannides combines thoughtful musical logic (the slow-downs before new ideas, the emphasis on passed-on motifs) with passion, encouraging both emotion and courage from her musicians.

 

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