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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra hosting annual family concert

instrumentalistsSpring has finally arrived in the Upstate and, with the blooming of the flowers, comes the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Family Concert.

The jovial familial affair, this year titled “Narrated Musical Stories,” is aimed at introducing children to the wonders of classical music and coincidentally falls on the same week as SPO’s LinkUp concert program.

“Part of our mission is to educate,” SPO music director and conductor Sarah Ioannides said. “And so, with these fun family programs, we can do so with enjoyment and in an entertaining way with great music and fun events surrounding the concert.

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Tacoma Symphony paints a picture of Ireland

irishSarah Ioannides has already pulled some innovative ideas out of the classical box in her first year as director of the Tacoma Symphony: a world premiere percussion concerto, international soloists, and a pianist able to improvise a Chopin-esque prelude based on the audience’s choice of theme.

This Sunday, she has another one: a concerto for tap dancer and orchestra. Along with “Lord of the Rings” singer Kaitlyn Lusk and piper Andrew Thomson, it’s part of a St. Patrick’s Day-themed concert in the Pantages that celebrates Irish music from classical to folk — music that Ioannides, with her British upbringing, loves

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Parent Map Interview- Someone You Should Know: Sarah Ioannides


Sarah Ioannides, the celebrated new music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO), has won accolade after accolade for her conducting talent and innovation in a field still dominated by men.

Her inaugural season with TSO, meanwhile, is selling out concerts and earning rave reviews. Ioannides, who was born in Canberra, Australia, is also music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in South Carolina. She is mother to three young children and is married to Yale professor of trombone Scott Hartman.

“Being exposed to music and live music and performance is a whole other world that can be so enriching and that can show [kids] the greater world out there. Set aside some time and resources and savings for that. We are such a world obsessed by things, but I think what we do is more important than what we’ve got.”

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