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Symphony Tacoma director Sarah Ioannides attends World Culture Summit

Tacoma News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


The first World Culture Summit is taking place this week in Abu Dhabi, and among the 300
participants from 80 countries is Sarah Ioannides, music director of Symphony Tacoma.
Ioannides is the only female conductor of a professional orchestra in the United States invited to the summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates. The goal of the summit is bringing diverse cultural leaders together to brainstorm how to solve world challenges through the arts.


“I am finding the summit extremely positive and highly engaging and stimulating thus far,”
said Ioannides via email this week. “There are many powerful and unique stories of artists and cultures being shared, healthy discussions about the state of the arts, and today we began to formulate the questions we want to ask and to resolve as a group … to tackle key issues our world now faces.”


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Symphony Tacoma to feature violin soloist Kristin Lee

Published in Tacoma Weekly


Award-winning violinist Kristin Lee – a rising star in the world of classical music – will make her debut with Symphony Tacoma next week. Lee will be a featured soloist during “Classics III: Mozart & Tchaikovsky,” a program that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, at Gig Harbor’s Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, at Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater.


The shows will mark Lee’s fourth time collaborating with conductor and Symphony Tacoma Musical Director Sarah Ioannides in a relatively short span.


“I got two opportunities within a month to work with her,” Ioannides recalled last week, speaking by phone from home in New Haven, Conn. “We got on great. We had a lovely time and developed a fondness and respect. … She is a very intelligent, sophisticated, thoughtful artist with just unbelievably phenomenal technique and richness to her musicianship.”


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Maestro & Mother leaves imprint on the eastside

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When the 2016/2017 season concludes, the Spartanburg Philharmonic will bid adieu to its Music Director of 12 seasons, Sarah Ioannides.


Under her baton, the SPO has seen significant artistic growth and increased community engagement which is important for the future of a premier musical establishment. 


Reflecting on her tenure here, Ioannides says “Spartanburg is and always will be an important and very special part of my life – not only for me but for my family as well.” Leaving Spartanburg is bittersweet for Ioannides and her family. She and Scott Hartman, her husband of eleven years have three children, Audrey, Elsa, and Karl. The children often travel with Ioannides and in 2014 started tri-city schooling, attending school in CT, WA, and the Spartanburg Day School.


Sarah Ioannides is somewhat of a modern mom, with literally, a highflying career and what she considers a devoted parent who will go extremes for the kids’ sake. Orchestrating work, travel, schooling and parenting for her family and a helpful au pair is no small feat
but Sarah manages it with the same grace that she wields her baton.


What strikes one most about Ms. Ioannides is the sense of genuine gratitude and warmth she feels towards the Spartanburg community and the generosity of the SPO, Converse College, and the Spartanburg Day School in allowing her to share her talents with us the last twelve years. When the SPO baton passes, we may feel a sense of loss, but a sense of great pride too for the journey with Maestro Sarah.


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A Tacoma Classic has a New Name – Symphony Tacoma

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The name change is in fact part of a completely new brand presentation that includes au courant logo, messaging and color palette. The refreshed brand as a whole is intended to graphically embody the significant transformation the organization has undergone in recent seasons—particularly since the introduction of Music Director Sarah Ioannides in 2014.


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Tacoma Symphony Orchestra – now Symphony Tacoma – opens season with Eastern European showcase

vadim_gluzman20The News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


The symphony will kick off the new name and new season with a Friday-night gala at Tacoma Art Museum and a Saturday concert at the Pantages, featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman and an Eastern European program connecting past and present.


“It’s an exciting time for the symphony,” said director Sarah Ioannides. “Becoming Symphony Tacoma is separating the past from the future. This is a time where we can take our vision to the next step. It’s more than just the name. It’s about the fresh thinking the symphony is doing about what we can become.”


What they can become, according to the board-agreed statements that informed the new name, logo and even color choice, is an orchestra that is deeply rooted in community while “going beyond tradition to surprise and captivate.”


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

a4_skv16-15173_argb-1160x773Spartanburg Herald Journal Article by Leena Dbouk


Featured by the League of American Orchestras in “The Hub”


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

Sarah Ioannides - CCO

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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