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Sierra: Wonderful and Electrifying

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“It began about 15 months ago with a wonderful performance I heard featuring James Carter andRoberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody at the Oregon Symphony!” On the eve of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s August 27 world premiere of Caribbean Rhapsody’s new chamber orchestra version, conductor Sarah Ioannides shares some thoughts about Sierra’s popular work.


The performance features internationally known saxophonist James Carter, who in 2002, who premiered the work its original chamber ensemble version with the Detroit Symphony.  Ioannides conducts this chamber orchestra premiere as part of the ensemble’s “SummerMusik” Festival.


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CCO enlists NKU artist for multimedia ‘Creation’

African StatuesCincinnati Enquirer by Janelle Gelfand


On Saturday, the Chamber Orchestra presents Darius Milhaud’s jazzy “La Création du Monde” (“The Creation of the World”), part of a program conducted and curated by Sarah Ioannides, a candidate for music director.


It is just one element of Ioannides’ ambitious program, which includes the world premiere of “Caribbean Rhapsody,” performed by saxophonist James Carter. Carter will also play the prominent saxophone part in Milhaud’s “Creation of the World.”


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Chamber Orchestra: Meet the Candidates

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Cincinnati Enquirer by Janelle Gelfand


The Enquirer asked three questions of each of the five candidates who will be auditioning for the job of music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra….


What is one thing that would you like to see in the Chamber Orchestra’s future if you are named music director?


Sarah Ioannides: The greatest of success for the CCO as a result of Artistic Vibrancy! I wish for Cincinnati to come behind and support an organization that has even more potential to thrive through exciting projects, new creations, great synergy in partnerships, new energy and excitement, all of which could lead to new funding, recognition and most of all opportunities for the people of Cincinnati and its summer visitors to experience something world-class, unique, and draw people to the region because of its renown.


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