‘Lush European Classics’ Comprise Symphony Tacoma’s November Performance

‘Lush European Classics’ Comprise Symphony Tacoma’s November Performance

Sarah Ioannides | Symphony Tacoma Music Director | Female Conductor and Composer

‘Lush European Classics’ Comprise Symphony Tacoma’s November Performance

Symphony Tacoma continues its 75th Anniversary Celebration with its second of six classics concerts on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater. This concert features a lush collection of melodic European classics.

“This program is a gorgeous mix of both classical and neo-classical works in a collection of important short gems. A beautiful Parisian flavor weaves its way throughout the program reminding us of the city’s place as one of the most important centers for music creativity,” said Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “I’m also thrilled to welcome our own principal flautist Mary Jensen as soloist for both Mozart and Faure, as well as sharing music by the remarkable Chevalier de Saint-Georges that has been unjustly forgotten.”

The program will open with Symphony No. 2 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Bologne was regarded as one of Mozart’s most accomplished contemporaries and the first classical composer of African descent. He is often referred to as the “Black Mozart,” which is a broad contextualization as he was globally renowned throughout his life—even called “the most accomplished man in Europe” by U.S. President John Adams. This work stands out for the elegant detail of its craft, giving the illusion of seamless ease.

Symphony Tacoma Releases Original Works by Pacific Northwest Composers

Symphony Tacoma Releases Original Works by Pacific Northwest Composers

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Symphony Tacoma Releases Original Works by Pacific Northwest Composers on YouTube July 17

Made possible through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Symphony Tacoma Music Director and Cascade Conducting Artistic Director Sarah Ioannides championed a new, innovative program enabling six composers to have their works performed and recorded by Symphony Tacoma musicians. Select recordings will premiere on the Symphony Tacoma YouTube channel on Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 pm PST.

The project arose through a new collaboration with Cascade Conducting, which completed its fourth year this June, enabling both conductors and composers to work together to create new pieces of music. The 2021 class of 18 conductors worked alongside the composers under the mentorship of Symphony Tacoma’s new composer-in-residence program which is led by the new Dean of Music at the Juilliard School, David Serkin Ludwig.

“The results were spectacular on both sides of the program!” said Ioannides

The participating composers included Mieke Doezema, Brian Morales, Jorge Morales, Mark Pritchard, Randall Smith and Elise Winkler. Over the week of June 26, the students worked diligently alongside Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma musicians to bring their compositions to life in a digital performance. Selections from this performance have been compiled into a program that will premiere on the Symphony Tacoma YouTube channel on July 17 with members of the 2021 class of conductors on the podium.

Newsletter: Season Highlights I Summer 2021

Newsletter: Season Highlights I Summer 2021

Newsletter: Season Highlights I Sarah Ioannides Music

The world pandemic led me to find creativity in new ways in 2020-21, discover new skills, overcome challenges, and seek new partnerships. It is with the greatest of thanks to my team-workers, mentors, colleagues, family, students, supporters and followers that I can share with you 15 months of projects, both live and digital! 

Curtis Mentor Network Summer 2021 Sessions

Curtis Mentor Network Summer 2021 Sessions

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Curtis Mentor Network Summer 2021 Sessions

6-Week Training Program

Session I: Monday, May 24 to Monday, July 5

Session II: Monday, July 12 to Monday, August 23

Challenge yourself to grow in an online, intensive conservatory environment. The Curtis Mentor Network develops overall musicianship and prepares students for auditions, competitions, and performances. Students receive one-on-one lessons and attend studio classes led by Curtis mentors. The online program welcomes dedicated, classical musicians ages 14–28.

The online program is currently available to students in cello, clarinet, composition, conducting, flute, oboe, piano, viola, violin, and voice. Program fees total $1,000 USD and include:

  • six 45-minute lessons via Zoom (optimized for audio quality)
  • three one-hour studio classes
  • three one-hour professional development seminars
  • a Certificate of Completion signed by mentor and Curtis Mentor Network artistic director
  • limited financial assistance is available
Symphony Tacoma Online Programs for May and June 2021

Symphony Tacoma Online Programs for May and June 2021

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Upcoming Virtual Events with Symphony Tacoma in June 2021

This special interview of Music Director Sarah Ioannides is conducted by Choosing Courage podcast creator and motivational life coach Katie Tuite. Ioannides discusses how her musical passion drove her pursuit for the performing arts, education, music and family and helped her navigate professional and personal challenges.
Take a look into the annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass with Maestra Sarah Ioannides, Cascade Conducting Director Teo Benson and composer David Ludwig, new dean and director of music for the Juilliard School. Students of the festival will share their experiences as well.
Tribute to Piazzolla with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Claudio Constantini

Tribute to Piazzolla with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Claudio Constantini

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A Tribute to Piazzolla with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Claudio Constantini

In April, Sarah Ioannides gave her debut at the BOS Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao with four concerts with bandoneonist Claudio Constantini and the orchestra in a program that was a tribute to the music of the Americas and in honor of Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday. 

 

Program
A. Copland, Appalachian Spring, Suite (Orq. 1945)
A. Piazzolla, Aconcagua, Bandoneon Concert, String Orchestra and Percussion
H. Villa-Lobos, Sinfonietta No. 1 in Si B flat Mayor ′′ A Memory of Mozart “