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Ioannides’s final Spartanburg Philharmonic season, paying homage to U.S. connections

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On Saturday, “Sarah Ioannides will kick off her final season with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra by using music she used in the first symphony she ever conducted,” writes Leena Dbouk in Thursday’s (10/13) Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.)….


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Sierra: Wonderful and Electrifying

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“It began about 15 months ago with a wonderful performance I heard featuring James Carter andRoberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody at the Oregon Symphony!” On the eve of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s August 27 world premiere of Caribbean Rhapsody’s new chamber orchestra version, conductor Sarah Ioannides shares some thoughts about Sierra’s popular work.


The performance features internationally known saxophonist James Carter, who in 2002, who premiered the work its original chamber ensemble version with the Detroit Symphony.  Ioannides conducts this chamber orchestra premiere as part of the ensemble’s “SummerMusik” Festival.


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CCO enlists NKU artist for multimedia ‘Creation’

African StatuesCincinnati Enquirer by Janelle Gelfand


On Saturday, the Chamber Orchestra presents Darius Milhaud’s jazzy “La Création du Monde” (“The Creation of the World”), part of a program conducted and curated by Sarah Ioannides, a candidate for music director.


It is just one element of Ioannides’ ambitious program, which includes the world premiere of “Caribbean Rhapsody,” performed by saxophonist James Carter. Carter will also play the prominent saxophone part in Milhaud’s “Creation of the World.”


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Chamber Orchestra: Meet the Candidates

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Cincinnati Enquirer by Janelle Gelfand


The Enquirer asked three questions of each of the five candidates who will be auditioning for the job of music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra….


What is one thing that would you like to see in the Chamber Orchestra’s future if you are named music director?


Sarah Ioannides: The greatest of success for the CCO as a result of Artistic Vibrancy! I wish for Cincinnati to come behind and support an organization that has even more potential to thrive through exciting projects, new creations, great synergy in partnerships, new energy and excitement, all of which could lead to new funding, recognition and most of all opportunities for the people of Cincinnati and its summer visitors to experience something world-class, unique, and draw people to the region because of its renown.


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Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra music director competition heats up

Movers and MakersMovers & Makers by Thom Mariner


The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is auditioning candidates for the position of music director during its second annual Summermusik. Four conductors will lead the CCO and curate a chamber music program during the festival, Aug. 13-Sept. 1. 


Movers & Makers presented a series of questions to learn about each candidate and how they plan to approach this new position, if selected. These are not part of the formal audition process, but are intended to give candidates a chance to share their perspective on this opportunity with the public.


What is your overall programming philosophy?


Ioannides) My goal is to create a platform from which the listener can gain maximum satisfaction, understanding and appreciation of the music. I look to make multiple connections to a concept or theme to increase their receptivity and for elements to produce the greatest artistic vibrancy. Diversity, variety of color and styles help pair the choices for the most appealing and interesting menu that satisfy as many different tastes as possible. I consider the different audiences, their responses, the set-up, positioning of the works, extra-musical possibilities, and all that is important to the best possible effect on the audience.


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Tacoma Symphony wins $10.000 grant

Portraits of Sara Ioannides Hartman and family Bulletin Board by Tacoma Weekly


This month, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service announced $1,067,500 in support of 50 grants in 27 states, including an award of $10,000 to Tacoma Symphony to support the commission of a new symphonic poem written in homage to Mount Rainier by Puyallup native Daniel Ott.


“As part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary, this year we are celebrating the magnificence of America’s national cultural treasures through art,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The Imagine Your Parks grant program unites our mission with the National Park Service by connecting art projects with the natural, historic and cultural settings of the National Park System and will inspire a new generation to discover these special places and experience our great heritage.”


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Woman conductors: the power list

Nielsen Still Fav_1 Slipped Disc by Norman Lebrecht


It’s 2016 and we no longer get excited about a music director turning out to be non-male. Every few months, it seems, another young woman conductor rises to a position of authority.


Yet, when we survey the current field, we find no more than half a dozen women near the top of the profession and barely 20 in contention for real leadership.


It’s 2016. Way to go.


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A day in the constant life of Sarah Ioannides

daylife_ioannides_A1_leadTacoma News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


Anyone who thinks they have a busy life should follow Sarah Ioannides around for a day.


The Tacoma Symphony’s music director is in town this month to finish up her second season with the orchestra, conducting the season finale concert Saturday in the Pantages and a children’s concert.


But there’s much more to being a professional conductor than just waving the baton on a Saturday night. Shuffling her family among three cities, juggling multiple orchestras and somehow fitting in the odd cup of tea, Ioannides has the organizational powers of a general, and driving ambition and musical talent.


The News Tribune followed the 44-year-old British conductor around Tacoma earlier this week, and discovered that being Sarah Ioannides is a very complicated thing…


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Tacoma Symphony plays Stravinsky’s famous ‘Rite of Spring’ for the first time

Rite of Spring TSOTacoma News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


As music director Sarah Ioannides walked into the first rehearsal for Saturday night’s Tacoma Symphony concert, she had just four rehearsals ahead of her to prepare the orchestra for a piece that’s still as shocking as it was when it premiered in 1913, but which the symphony as a group has never, apparently, played: Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”


Yet, while the Paris premiere caused ballerina drama and an audience riot, “The Rite of Spring” is now part of the standard repertoire for good reason. Driving, passionate and earthy, it encapsulates a musical time period when all the rules were being broken and that connection to our primal selves that’s just below the surface of civilization.


Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” on the other hand, is possibly the best-known guitar concerto ever, used for countless films and commercials, and sways between lyrical Spanish melodies and dramatic orchestral moments.


(Soloist Pepe) Romero, honored by kings, heads of state and major institutions, is part of the world’s leading guitar-playing family, and has more than 60 recordings to his credit.


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Tacoma Youth Symphony plays alongside Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in a free Pantages concert

Tacoma Youth SymphonyThe News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Tacoma Youth Symphony will make history Sunday as well as music. In a Pantages Theater concert, the professional and youth orchestras will play Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” side by side on the stage — their first time ever. The concert, which also includes Tchaikovsky and a marimba concerto by the youth orchestra, is free as a thank-you to the community.


For the young musicians, who get a two-hour rehearsal alongside their professional colleagues under director Sarah Ioannides, it’s an invaluable learning experience.


“I really believe in supporting and cultivating our young musicians,” said Ioannides. “It will be a great experience for the audience, and for both the young and professional musicians.”


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