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Seasons Greetings from Sarah Ioannides

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I would like to share with you this short 3 minute profile video featuring Symphony Tacoma. Thank you for watching, and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes, Sarah

Upcoming World and US Premieres Include: 

  • Michael Nicolella performing Yaron Gottfried's "Electric Guitar Concerto" with Symphony Tacoma - US Premiere
  • World Premiere of David Ludwig's "Bleeding Pines" with Symphony Tacoma
  • World Premiere of Daniel Bernard Roumain's "Hymns of Happiness" with Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • Simon Petersson's "Spheres" with Symphony Tacoma - US Premiere
Sarah Ioannides conducting Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Symphony Tacoma 

“Profound Artistry with George Li and Symphony Tacoma"

"Saturday's performance by George Li and Symphony Tacoma was one of the most special and memorable music events in our local arts history...Top to bottom--this Symphony Tacoma concert was exciting, polished, poetic, and touching...It was a treat to see the veil of professional stoicism lift, and to witness Ioannides, Li, and the orchestral musicians' electric vibe that fueled their performance."

Read more here 

“Symphony Tacoma's Romeo and Juliet Collaboration = Big Win for the Community"

"Sarah Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma performed music from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and JulietI. this performance was a fantastic experience that belnded dram and orchestra into a touching and profound live performance experience...a modern, creative staging for this music and acting--impressive and relevant work from our local arts community."

Read more here

- South Sound Magazine, November 12, 2019

Symphony Tacoma Rises to Beethoven's Sun'” 

Symphony Tacoma, under Ioannides' assured baton, rose to Beethoven's sun with energy, passion and a full, rich sound that filled the sold-out theater. In the first movement, firm brass chords resonated against the renocated theater's new shell, violins crisp and timpani exciting, with Ioannides guiding the music like a ship's captian over storm waves."

Read more here

     - South Sound Magazine, May 15, 2019

In collaboration with Tacoma School of the Arts presented a semi-staged production of Prokofiev & Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
A note from Sarah

I was once asked what I might have done with my life had I not become a conductor. Had I followed a different path, I may have become a neuroscientist, studying the effects of classical music on brain development; how we are changed as performers, students, listeners, and ultimately as members of a culturally rich and civil society. I believe we would show the unparalleled value of music to humanity; an essential component of education, as important as Math, English, and the Sciences.

Inspired by nature, the animal world, and the power of human creativity, I seek to find unique opportunities to present to audiences, works like Tan Dun’s Water Passion After St. Matthew, Holst’s The Planets, Steve Reich’s The Desert Music, Daniel Ott and Derek Klein’s Fire-Mountain. These fresh presentations of orchestral music with inspiring imagery, when presented alongside classical works such as Beethoven’s 9th “Ode to Joy”, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade create the opportunity for all to be inspired and perhaps challenged to see the Symphony across a broader horizon.

My international experience as a conductor and teacher has deepened my understanding of diverse cultures. Music as a common language can be the catalyst for an ever better, more equitable world. We can create that very experience with an expanding repertoire of vibrant symphonic performances that welcome people from all walks of life.

With a commitment to innovation in the arts, it has been my great joy to bring to life over forty world premieres for orchestras and choirs. Engaging in dialogue within our community and beyond, developing grassroots projects and intentionally creating programs with a curator’s eye empowers the voices of today alongside the epic history of orchestral music.

November 2019.

Click HERE for biographical information.

Sarah and George Li after a performance of Rachmoninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto
Upcoming Dates:

Symphony Tacoma

Holiday Favorites with

Tacoma Youth Chorus
& Tacoma Refugee Chorus

Symphony Tacoma
Michael Nicolella, electric guitar
Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Simon Petersson: Spheres - US Premiere
Yaron Gottfried: Electric Guitar Concerto - US Premiere
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
"Best of Mozart
Diana Cohen, violin
Mozart: Idomeneo Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Mozart: Idomeneo Ballet Music
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 (Haffner)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Hymns of Happiness
(VSO co-commission and World Premiere)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Click HERE for the full upcoming schedule
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Sarah is Artistic Director of Cascade Conductors.

The June 2020 Conducting Masterclass will expand in June 2020 to include composition workshop with Composer in Residence of Symphony Tacoma, David Ludwig. Details will be announced in January.
Sarah Ioannides conducted "Fanfare for SAM," by Symphony Tacoma's Composer in Residence David Serkin Ludwig, followed by Brahms Symphony No.3 & Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 last week in the beautiful renovated Pantages Theater.
Copyright © 2019 Sarah Ioannides, All rights reserved.

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