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Ioannides cajoled her forces toward a rousing climax

Substitute conductor works out for CSO – Conducting from memory, her gestures are clear, dramatic and controlled with no wasted motions … In this thrilling work, Ms. Ioannides cajoled her forces toward a rousing climax, producing a fitting opener for an exciting […] Ioannides was the ruler of her orchestral domain, eliciting the most sensitive playing. The tight ensemble was most impressive in a work that easily could become fragmented without a sure hand at the musical helm. […] Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4” is a mountaintop of symphonic literature, and Ms. Ioannides directed it with sensitivity, calling forth the great passion that characterizes the work. Each line seemed to be carefully crafted, reflecting her consistently thoughtful and musical approach to an impressive debut. Definitely a serendipitous substitution – Chattanooga Times

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