Celebrating a new artistic era for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

22 Oct
Sarah Ioannides will take the stage on Saturday for her inaugural concert as Music Director for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Mark Olencki.

Sarah Ioannides will take the stage on Saturday for her inaugural concert as Music Director for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Mark Olencki.

This Saturday will mark the official start of a new artistic era for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Sarah Ioannides, TSO’s new Artistic Director, will take the stage to conduct her inaugural concert featuring percussion superstar Dame Evelyn Glennie. The concert will feature the world premiere of Portraits of Immortal Love, a new percussion concerto written expressly for Ms. Glennie by composer Sean O’Boyle. A concerto is a full-length musical work that showcases an instrument or set of instruments, accompanied by orchestra. Portraits is written in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Also on the program will be Ravel’s Bolero, Debussy’s Nocturnes, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Bolero is famous for its repeating, lyrical melodic line and ostinato snare drum beat, which gradually builds in volume to a crashing conclusion. The Debussy and Respighi are big, colorful works as well, which together with the Ravel and O’Boyle will make for a spectacular, exciting evening of music.

World-renown percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo by James Wilson.

World-renown percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo by James Wilson.

Dame Evelyn Glennie, who is profoundly deaf, is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she creates performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new genre. Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007, the double Grammy award winning artist gives more than 100 concerts a year worldwide. Her diversity of collaborations includes visual mixing of live music with the likes of DJ Yoda and the ‘Beat Boxer’ Shlomo. Other collaborations include Nana Vasconcelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Björk, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, The Kings Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In July 2012 Glennie was featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. Born in Scotland, Glennie is based in the countryside of Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

This will mark a fitting opening to the era of Sarah Ioannides, who mounts the TSO podium as the TSO’s first new music director in two decades, on the heels of the historic tenure of Harvey Felder. Hailed by The New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Sarah Ioannides is a passionate advocate of classical music through innovative projects, community engagement, education, and championing new works. The British conductor is a versatile musician, whose past studies include violin, viola, piano, and French horn, as well as singing, recorder, saxophone, and guitar. Ioannides served as Assistant conductor and Production Coordinator to Tan Dun, composer of the music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for many multimedia performances worldwide.

The TSO has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape since 1946, and has operated as a professional symphony orchestra for the past 19 years. With 80 contracted musicians and an affiliated community chorus, the TSO brings music into the lives of 20,000 citizens annually throughout the South Puget Sound.

This concert, one of the premier events of Tacoma Arts Month 2014, is sponsored by Gordon Thomas Honeywell and the City of Tacoma Anchor Fund. Ms. Glennie’s appearance is underwritten by the Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment Fund and the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation.

Tickets for this concert are sold out but this is just the start of the 2014-15 season and there are 7 other concerts lined up. Find out more about the TSO’s season and purchase tickets for upcoming concerts by visiting www.tacomasymphony.org or calling 253-591-5894 or toll free at 800-291-7593.

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