REPERTOIRE

An experienced music curator, Sarah connects with audiences and communities, creating innovative programs that are relevant to today’s society with an emphasis on community relations and involvement. Having conducted over five hundred orchestral, choral and operatic compositions, she has developed a keen eye for unique and diverse presentations.  She presents concerts that include special lighting designs and staging, unusual non-traditional settings, spontaneous improvisatory performances, as well as new productions that merge music with the visual arts, dance, theater or film. 

As Music Director she has led commissioning projects and initiated the creation of new films for live orchestral multimedia performances.  Conducting over fifty premieres she regularly features women composers and presents rarer instruments as soloists (Tabla, Electric Harp and Electric Guitar). With a deep passion for orchestral and choral music, she has most affinity with the music of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Sibelius.

Whether the collection is new or old, traditional or innovative, or the culmination of a community-involved project with interconnected commissions, Sarah brings people together through unique programs with energy, inspiration and passion for a “profound live orchestral experience. (South Sound Magazine)”

Browse the following projects for more details on repertoire, projects and programming:

An experienced music curator, Sarah connects with audiences and communities, creating innovative programs that are relevant to today’s society with an emphasis on community relations and involvement. Having conducted over five hundred orchestral, choral and operatic compositions, she has developed a keen eye for unique and diverse presentations.  She presents concerts that include special lighting designs and staging, unusual non-traditional settings, spontaneous improvisatory performances, as well as new productions that merge music with the visual arts, dance, theater or film. 

As Music Director she has led commissioning projects and initiated the creation of new films for live orchestral multimedia performances.  Conducting over fifty premieres she regularly features women composers and presents rarer instruments as soloists (Tabla, Electric Harp and Electric Guitar). With a deep passion for orchestral and choral music, she has most affinity with the music of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Sibelius.

Whether the collection is new or old, traditional or innovative, or the culmination of a community-involved project with interconnected commissions, Sarah brings people together through unique programs with energy, inspiration and passion for a “profound live orchestral experience. (South Sound Magazine)”

Browse the following projects for more details on repertoire, projects and programming:

PROJECTS

A portfolio of multi-pronged collaborations, commission and multimedia projects.

Water Passion

Water Passion

Water PassionTan Dun’s Water Passion After St. Matthew  is a colossal feast for ears and ears.   “Ever sure of the work’s choreography and architecture, the director guided securely and seamlessly to the very end, which saw all performers uplit with gold as they...

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Glennie & Portraits

Glennie & Portraits

World premiere of the percussion concerto, Portraits of Immortal Love by Sean O’Boyle written for Symphony Tacoma and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra for percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Young Artists Run Riot

Young Artists Run Riot

artist, Jillian Hoffman Young Artists Run RiotIn celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Rite of Spring, Ioannides launched a unique art & dance project for Spartanburg County together with Spartanburg Philharmonic’s performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of...

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“The prestigious Remix-Ensemble under the excellent direction of Sarah Ioannides, offered truly contemporary music...”

(6 world premieres) Il Público (Portuga)

PREMIERES

Dedicated to supporting living composers, Ioannides has brought to life over fifty world, U.S. and European premieres. She reviews new works on an ongoing basis and fosters promising emerging composers. As founding partner and Artistic Director of Cascade Conducting, 2020 sees the launch of a new composition program, “Cascade Composing,” in partnership with Symphony Tacoma’s new composer-in-residence program with David Ludwig.  Sarah’s father, Ayis Ioannides, is also a renowned composer with works recently commissioned and performed by Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s Brass Quintet.

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Recent and upcoming world premieres include:

Bernard Roumain: Riots and Prayers (Vermont Symphony) – “postponed”
David Ludwig: Bleeding Pines – (Symphony Tacoma) – “postponed”
Hannah Lash: In Hopes of Finding the Sun (Symphony Tacoma)
Marie Samuelsson: Eros Effect and Solidarity (Nordic Chamber Orchestra)
Roberto Sierra: Caribbean Rhapsody (Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra)
Sean O’Boyle: Portraits of Immortal Love (Tacoma Symphony Orchestra)
Kim Scharnberg: Tap Concerto (New Haven Symphony)
Kenneth Fuchs: Falling Man (Spartanburg Philharmonic) commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
Dario Marianelli: Pride & Prejudice Suite (Spartanburg Philharmonic)
Symphonic Django (US Premiere)
Stephen Paulus: Opera – The Woodlanders (European Premiere)

“A fine performance under the sure hand of conductor Sarah Ioannides.”

The Australian

MULTIMEDIA

Ioannides has conceived, directed and helped produce films for live orchestral multimedia performances, including new presentations of Holst’s The Planets, Steve Reich’s The Desert Music, Milhaud’s Creation du Monde, and Daniel Ott’s Fire-Mountain.

She began her work in multimedia performances after being invited by Tan Dun to prepare his four multimedia “Orchestral Theatres” with the Gothenburg Symphony. She later served as  production coordinator for Tan Dun, conducting numerous performances of his Water Passion After St. Matthew worldwide. She has conducted film in studios and presented large-scale orchestral scores with film, including Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.

Project 1:​ Fire-Mountain

An environmental commission and a multimedia experience featuring video, glass art and music. A symposium exploring changes to the delicate ecosystem of the mountain and its glaciers. A collaboration between the performing and visual arts and the National Park Service. A once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity for area high school students.

Conceived by Sarah Ioannides and commissioned by Symphony Tacoma, this was a collaborative effort between Symphony Tacoma, Museum of Glass, Hilltop Artists and Mount Rainier National Park to create a cross-disciplinary multimedia artistic event culminating with the Symphony’s season finale. Commemorating the Centennial of the National Parks System, the project engaged area residents in music and glass art and raised awareness of the plight of Mount Rainier’s glaciers, which are melting at an alarming rate.

“…a culmination of creativity, education, outreach and advocacy that touched our community and brought people together in a powerful shared experience”.- John Falksow, Tacoma Tribune

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Project 2: Reich – The Desert Music

A special multimedia collaboration for the El Paso Symphony’s 75th anniversary season. Conceived by Ioannides for El Paso Symphony and El Paso Chorale, Sarah directed a 50-minute film, produced by El Paso native Zach Passero, that celebrates the local desert landscape, including White Sands, to accompany Steve Reich’s “The Desert Music” for orchestra and amplified voices. The film shot beautiful footage of the desert, both day and night, as well as a clip of the bombing of Pearl Harbor as a reminder White Sands was used as a testing base for the missiles. The film creates a poignant look at both the natural beauty of the desert and juxtaposes the conflicts that lie within it on human intervention; the desert space was used to create weapons of mass destruction.

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Project 3: Holst -The Planets

Ioannides and Roberto Gutierrez drew on NASA live-action footage, computer-generated animation and still photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to fashion a 52 minute video of this fascinating imagery.

“a mesmerizing complement to Holst’s music…a performance and presentation that dripped with the sense of awe and wonder that space, the final frontier, tends to evoke in us all.”
– El Paso Times

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