The Era of Sarah kicks off with Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

Evelyn Glennie performs on the drums during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic StadiumPress Release: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra


TACOMA, WA – Percussion superstar Dame Evelyn Glennie will take center stage with her vast array of instruments this coming October when the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-2015 performance season. The October 25 season opener will also mark the inaugural concert of new Music Director Sarah Ioannides, whose appointment was announced late last year on the heels of a two-year search encompassing a hundred international applicants.


Held in Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater, the concert will feature the world premiere of Portraits of Immortal Love, a new percussion concerto written expressly for Ms. Glennie by composer Sean O’Boyle. Portraits is written in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Also on the program will be Ravel’s Bolero, Debussy’s Nocturnes, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Bolero is famous for its repeating, lyrical melodic line and ostinato snare drum beat, which gradually builds in volume to a crashing conclusion. The Debussy and Respighi are big, colorful works as well, which together with the Ravel and O’Boyle will make for a spectacular, exciting evening of music.


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