Symphony Tacoma to Receive a $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

January 2020

Symphony Tacoma has been approved for a $10,000 Art Works grant to support its Composer in the Community program.

The funding from this grant will allow Symphony Tacoma to bring award-winning composer David Ludwig to Tacoma for the program’s inaugural residency. Three of Ludwig’s works—including a world premiere—will be performed during the 2019-2020 season. In addition, Ludwig will engage the community by leading masterclasses, lectures and more, culminating in an open-to-the-public reading session in June where young composers will have their work performed by a professional orchestra. “We are immensely grateful to the NEA for their support and recognition of this new program with Symphony Tacoma,” says Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “The opportunity to bring renowned composer David Ludwig to work with aspiring musicians, composers and conductors in our region will undoubtedly inspire musicians, students and our symphony patrons in many ways. We are also honored to perform the world premiere of David’s composition, The Bleeding Pines that spotlights the importance of protecting our environment, as well as his revered Violin Concerto and Fanfare for Sam.”

“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like Symphony Tacoma.”

Symphony Tacoma will begin its 73rd season on Oct.19th at the Pantages Theater

Article: South Sound Magazine. By Kaitlin Armstrong. Oct 2, 2019

Symphony Tacoma will begin its 73rd season on Oct.19th at the Pantages Theater with an original production of Romeo and Juliet. In a performance that blends symphony and theater, the program will pair Prokofiev’s iconic ballet score with selections from the classic Shakespeare play. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has long been an audience favorite, both as a ballet and a symphonic production. Now, director Sarah Ioannides has reimagined the original Prokofiev score, bringing new life to an age-old story. The production will feature students from Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) in the roles of Romeo and Juliet. This year marks Ioannides’s sixth season with Symphony Tacoma. During her tenure with the symphony, Ioannides, who has received accolades from The New York Times and graced numerous top conductor lists, has established a reputation as a formidable creative director. In previous seasons, Ioannides has also forged collaborations with groups such as the Hilltop Artists, Lincoln High School, and the Tacoma Youth Symphony.

Mission: Commission

From League of American Orchestras, Symphony Magazine By Janelle Gelfand
January 2019

Smaller-budget orchestras are taking a chance on contemporary composers, involving their communities and appealing to the next generation of music lovers.

At the conclusion of Symphony Tacoma’s May 2017 world premiere of Daniel Ott’s Fire-Mountain, a multimedia work inspired by nearby Mount Rainier, the audience in Tacoma’s Pantages Theater sat, stunned, before erupting in applause. “The was an amazing silence, a quiet embrace of something coming from the grassroots, from the community, from the things so many care about,” says Symphony Tacoma Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “There was the excitement that Symphony Tacoma has given life to something that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.”

Symphony Tacoma’s Music Director and Executive Director to Run Tacoma City Marathon

Symphony Tacoma’s Music Director and Executive Director to Run Tacoma City Marathon

Sarah Ioannides and Karina Bharne

Half Marathon Article
April 25, 2019

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Symphony Tacoma’s Music Director Sarah Ioannides and Executive Director Karina Bharne are lacing up their sneakers to run in the Tacoma City Marathon on Sunday, May 5, 2019. They are participating in the half marathon as part of their personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle as well as promoting the impact of Symphony Tacoma to the South Sound community.

“Running is a key part of my fitness regimen that helps to keep me in shape for the podium and maintain long-term overall strength,” says Ioannides. “Like music, it feeds my soul.”

Sarah came 2nd place in her group