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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra presents exciting concert

Enigmatic Evolution

The Herald Journal by David Barry


“The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Sarah Ioannides presented a varied, yet well-integrated program on Nov. 14.”



“With careful control of musical dynamics, Ioannides and the orchestra allowed the soloist (violinist Kristin Lee) to shine through.”



“Elgar’s “Enigma Variations, Op. 36” were exciting, delicate, beautiful, subdued or intense as called for in the score. Small individual solo contributions by clarinet, viola and cello added to a polished and passionate performance. The Philharmonic’s trumpets, trombones, and tuba were especially incisive and well balanced while displaying a wide dynamic range.”


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Tacoma Symphony balances inventive, tradition; violinist Caroline Goulding stands out

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The News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


Inventive met traditional at the Tacoma Symphony concert Sunday in the Pantages Theater, both between pieces and within them. The orchestra bookended the afternoon program with a United States premiere by Portuguese composer Luis Tinoco that scattered musicians throughout the theater and the highly conventional “Reformation” symphony of Mendelssohn, while violin soloist Caroline Goulding injected the 112-year-old Sibelius concerto with imaginative sound.




The awed audience member who uttered a solo “Whoa!” after the baton dropped summed it up for all of us.


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