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Tacoma Symphony Orchestra – now Symphony Tacoma – opens season with Eastern European showcase

vadim_gluzman20The News Tribune by Rosemary Ponnekanti


The symphony will kick off the new name and new season with a Friday-night gala at Tacoma Art Museum and a Saturday concert at the Pantages, featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman and an Eastern European program connecting past and present.


“It’s an exciting time for the symphony,” said director Sarah Ioannides. “Becoming Symphony Tacoma is separating the past from the future. This is a time where we can take our vision to the next step. It’s more than just the name. It’s about the fresh thinking the symphony is doing about what we can become.”


What they can become, according to the board-agreed statements that informed the new name, logo and even color choice, is an orchestra that is deeply rooted in community while “going beyond tradition to surprise and captivate.”


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Ioannides’s final Spartanburg Philharmonic season, paying homage to U.S. connections

a4_skv16-15173_argb-1160x773Spartanburg Herald Journal Article by Leena Dbouk


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On Saturday, “Sarah Ioannides will kick off her final season with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra by using music she used in the first symphony she ever conducted,” writes Leena Dbouk in Thursday’s (10/13) Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.)….


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