Tacoma Symphony, north of the Narrows

TSO 102514Kitsap Sun by Michael C. Moore


TACOMA — Sarah Ioannides isn’t just building bridges as the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s music director. She’s also crossing them.


Ioannides begins her second season on the TSO’s podium with a program of spring-inspired music that includes Beethoven’s “Pastorale” symphony (No. 6), and a road trip north of the Tacoma Narrows. The first of a season-opening brace of concerts, Feb. 27, will be at Gig Harbor’s Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, with the orchestra’s home opener set for the next night in the Rialto Theater in Tacoma.


Though TSO has been to Chapel Hill on two previous occasions to contribute to holiday-season performances of “The Messiah,” this is the first full-orchestra march across the Narrows Bridge.


“There seemed to be a keen classical music audience there,” said the Australian-born, London-raised Ioannides, who’s in the second year of a five-year pact to lead TSO.


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