Symphony conductor loves Tacoma so much she’s staying — long term

By Jared Brown, The News Tribune


Symphony Tacoma’s dynamo of a music director Sarah Ioannides is putting down roots in the City of Destiny. The symphony’s board is extending her five-year contract through the next seven seasons, and the East Coast-based road warrior told The News Tribune she will be making Tacoma her “primary base.” “Being here (in Tacoma) is a complete pleasure,” she said Friday as she prepared for a symphony performance Saturday at the Festival of Sail.


“We are delighted to announce the extension of Maestra Ioannides’ contract,” Board President Clark D’Elia said in a Symphony Tacoma news release. “In just three seasons, the changes she has implemented — both artistic and programmatic — have been remarkable. She has wholeheartedly embraced and been embraced by the community, building the orchestra’s artistic capacity, forging collaborative relationships and bringing a new caliber of guest artists to the concert stage. The board is extremely pleased with the results, and we look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership for years to come.”

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