Conducting a new score: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s incoming director Sarah Ioannides

1kin1Y.AuSt.5Growing up in England, Sarah Ioannides was the kind of teenager who played every instrument she could find. Violin, horn and piano were the main ones. She also tried viola, saxophone and guitar.


But as much as she was intrigued by the different musical sounds, Ioannides — who’ll step onto the podium as the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s new music director on Oct. 25 — also was fascinated by psychology and what makes people tick.


“The tricky part of the puzzle (is) branching out in new directions, but never sacrificing the essentials to do it. An orchestra can change its color, but needs to retain its identity.”

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