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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Pictures at an Exhibition & Tchaikovsky’s Violin”

SPO_AprilThe Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Music Director Sarah Ioannides, will step onto the stage for the Grand Season Finale on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 7:00 pm in Twichell Auditorium, for an eclectic and dynamic concert titled, “Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky’s Violin.”

A fabulous mix of visual and audial artistry, this performance will feature solo violinist Vadim Gluzman as he performs the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, and painter Julyan Davis who will be painting live on stage during the concert.

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Sarah Ioannides to conduct the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra

PugetSoundTACOMA, WA – Sarah Ioannides, the new music director at Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO), will raise her baton to lead the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra at a free April 24concert.  Ioannides will be guest conductor at the place where the TSO had its start: the University of Puget Sound campus, where the orchestra grew under the leadership of Edward Seferian, professor of music and “Father of the TSO.” This is believed to be the first time a TSO music director has returned to the campus to conduct the college’s own student orchestra.

“I am delighted to be conducting the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra this spring,” said Ioannides. “The Tacoma area is fortunate to have such a fine institution as Puget Sound, with students and faculty who hold to a very high level of quality and excellence.


“The program we selected is one that I would choose for a professional orchestra-a program that will showcase the students’ talents, as well as present a few exciting challenges along the way-and be thrilling for the audience, too!”

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Song, Pipe, and Dance Stars Shine in Tacoma Symphony’s Songs from the Emerald Isle


TACOMA, WA – Music Director Sarah Ioannides’ own Celtic program Songs from the Emerald Isle to showcase song, pipe and dance stars alongside the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater.  Songs from the Emerald Isle features tap dancer Trent Kowalik, uilleann piper Andrew Thomson, and soprano Kaitlyn Lusk, nationally acclaimed for her performances in the Lord of the Rings Symphony.

Ms. Lusk made her major orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony in 2003 at the age of 14.  Kaitlyn has been the featured vocal soloist in Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony, performing this role with more than 50 of the world’s finest orchestras and renowned conductors.  Her expanded role in the Live-to-Projection performances of the Lord of the Rings films has brought her center stage at Radio City, Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Munich, Lucerne, Singapore, Paris, Taiwan, and Chicago.  At Shore’s request, she performed the Academy Award winning song “Into the West” as part of the Grammy Honors in New York City.  In 2012 alone she performed with five of the world’s greatest orchestras—Munich, Rotterdam, Chicago, Sydney and London.

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