Archive | December, 2013

Welcome to Tacoma, Sarah Ioannides!

20 Dec

IoannidesThe Tacoma Symphony Orchestra announced today the appointment of Sarah Ioannides as their next Music Director. The appointment comes after an international search spanning two years and encompassing more than 100 prospects.

Described by The New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Ms. Ioannides’ dynamic presence has won praise from audiences and critics internationally with engagements spanning five continents.  Her initial contract with the TSO spans a full five seasons, effective on July 1, 2014.  She is already at work with TSO officials in planning her inaugural season, which is slated to open on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

“We are delighted that Sarah Ioannides has accepted our invitation to join the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as its new artistic leader,” stated TSO President Dick Ammerman.  “Her spectacular debut with the Orchestra last February made a deep and lasting impression on the Board, orchestra and patrons.  We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership that will take the TSO to new heights of artistic vibrancy and community engagement.”

“The news of my appointment comes with great happiness to me,” said Sarah Ioannides. “The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra found a way into my heart in February 2013. The experience we had making music together was very special that week. Not only did I find great chemistry with the musicians, but also felt at one with the audience that evening, and with the entire community during my weeklong visit. It will be my great honor to work with the Tacoma Symphony in partnership with its superb team of musicians, staff, board, and supporters. I embrace my future in Tacoma with excited anticipation of changing times for orchestras. May we be part of the wave that brings music to more and more people’s hearts from all walks of life, and sustain the gifts of music through engaging live performances over the next decade.”

Ms. Ioannides’ memorable TSO debut included Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Rota’s Divertimento Concertante and Shostakovich’s gripping Symphony No. 5.  The News Tribune wrote that her performance “combined sterling precision with deep, nuanced expression,” and remarked, “If its first finalist is anything to go by, the Tacoma Symphony won’t have a problem choosing a new artistic director that’ll take them to higher musical places.”

Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, and Music Director of the El Paso Symphony from 2005-11, Sarah Ioannides is a passionate advocate of classical music through innovative projects, community engagement, education, and championing new works.   She writes a blog chronicling her efforts and those of others at her website at  In a recent example, the Spartanburg Philharmonic held a performance last spring marking the centennial of the premiere of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Rite of Spring.  As part of this, Ioannides initiated a county-wide project in which art students were invited to create an art piece that directly reflected the music.  Several hundred captivating student works were exhibited in a juried art show and displayed in public locations throughout the city’s center.  An active online presence, Ms. Ioannides maintains an ongoing dialogue with a legion of fans on Facebook and on Twitter.

The Australian-born, British conductor is a versatile musician, whose past studies include violin, viola, piano, and French horn, as well as singing, recorder, saxophone, and guitar.  She earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Oxford University, an Advanced Certificate in Conducting from the Guildhall School of Music in London, a Diploma in Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied as a Fulbright scholar, and a Masters in Orchestral Conducting from the Juilliard School of Music.  Ioannides served as Assistant conductor and Production Co-ordinator to Tan Dun for many multimedia performances worldwide.

In addition to her concerts with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Ms. Ioannides’ upcoming itinerary includes performances with the Toledo, Tulsa and New Haven symphonies, the National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia, and the Brevard Sinfonia.  Recent engagements include the Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nationale de Lyon, and the Flemish Radio Orchestra.   Past positions include Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops and Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town this evening: From Operetta to Cabaret

10 Dec
Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano. Photo provided by Classical Tuesdays.

Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano. Photo provided by Classical Tuesdays.

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town’s annual Wine & Song (Cabernet & Cabaret this time around!) is tonight at 7 pm.
This event is sponsored and hosted by the John Connelly Law Offices and all proceeds benefit the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free concerts.

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town’s chanteuse  for the evening is mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula with Denes Van Parys at the piano, featuring operetta selections from Offenbach and Gilbert and Sullivan, and some Kurt Weill to represent the Berlin operetta style that crosses over to cabaret.

On the cabaret side, songs made famous by Edith Piaf (“La vie en rose,”  “Non, je ne regrette rien”) and a set of classical Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom that are great fun.  Of course, she’ll finish with songs from Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret !

Fine wines will be poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery  accompanied by a lavish array of hors d’oeuvres and sweets.

What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit Concert
Date: Tuesday, December 10th
Time: 7 pm
Location: John Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Cost: $25 tickets available at Bayview Optical, 2217 North 30th Street #106 and at the door

For more info call (253) 752-2135.

Application deadline for 2014 Arts Projects funding this Friday

3 Dec
West African Drums in Old Town Park, part of the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert line-up. Photo by Jim Robbins.

West African Drums in Old Town Park, part of the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert line-up. Photo by Jim Robbins.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2014? If so, you might want to take a look at our Arts Projects funding program. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts.

Applications are due this Friday, December 6 no later than 5 pm!

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of festivals; arts workshops; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 20, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.


Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application form

NOTE: We are aware of a calculating error some people are receiving on the application form. The problem arises when filling out the ‘Arts Projects Funding Requested’ line on the first page of the application form (page 9 of the PDF). If a dollar amount is entered with a comma (e.g. 3,000), it will show up on the budget page (page 10 of the PDF) as a decimal number (e.g. entering ‘3,000’ on page 9 will appear as ‘3’ on page 10). If you receive this error, go back to page 9 and enter the amount requested with no comma (e.g. 3000 vs. 3,000). It will then show up on the budget page as the correct number.

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