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First of four conductor finalists ascends the podium this month

Press Release – Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

TACOMA, WA—After 18 months of planning, preparation, and a thorough international search, the TSO Board is on the eve of welcoming the conductors who will vie to ascend the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra music director’s podium. Maestro Harvey Felder conducts his final concert in the spring of 2014—his 20th Anniversary as Tacoma’s artistic leader. The first of four finalists for the position of music director will conduct the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra this month.

Hailed as “a conductor of unquestionable strength and authority” by The New York Times, Sarah Ioannides was named by the Los Angeles Times in 2009 as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium.” She will lead the TSO in a program framed by Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla and Shostakovich’s gripping Symphony No. 5. In between, Principal Double Bass Chris Burns will be the featured soloist in Nino Rota’s rarely performed Divertimento Concertante.

Read the complete announcement on Tacama Symphony Orchestra’s website link here.

Program notes by Beth & Andy Buelow here.