Ioannides leads the Tacoma Symphony and Chorus in a brisk, crisp “Messiah”

10857356_10152599466221849_6227546211830266816_oDespite selling 500 seats to an extra performance of “The Messiah” in Gig Harbor last Thursday night, the Tacoma Symphony still filled St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma on the Friday performance – a testament both to Handel’s beloved oratorio and to some curiosity as to how incoming music director Sarah Ioannides would treat it. Both fulfilled expectations in a thoroughly enjoyable performance that was brisk in pace and crisp in tone, with soloists that, despite their mismatch, shone musically.

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