Racing to the Finish Line!

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

Tacoma, WA— 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.”

Bharne similarly runs to refuel. “I run to relieve stress and clear my mind so I can focus on what’s most important in my work and home life. Running energizes me—and I take pride in setting and achieving my personal goals.”

After the two agreed to run the race, they realized what a perfect analogy it is to the work they do with Symphony Tacoma. With a mission of “building community through music,” Symphony Tacoma brings classical music to Tacoma through live performances as well as subsidizing tickets and music lessons for students who would not normally be able to afford them. “We work together every day on and offstage to spread the joy and magic of LIVE music,” says Bharne. “Just as physical activity keeps a body healthy and fit, music enriches a community.”

To engage the South Sound, the two have created a Facebook fundraiser to support Symphony Tacoma. The goal of the campaign is $13,100, a nod to the 13.1 miles they will be running. Every dollar raised will be donated directly to Symphony Tacoma to help keep the organization “financially fit” for the 2019-2020 season. “The funds raised will help us actualize our concerts and expand our education programs in the coming year” says Bharne.

People interested in supporting the runners and Symphony Tacoma can donate through Facebook at or they can donate through the Symphony’s website.

Saxophone Fusion: Multi-instrumentalist James Carter fuses jazz saxophone, classical works

Thank you to KNKX for this preview interview with Saxophone Fusion guest artist James Carter. Join us on April 20 and see James perform live at the Pantages Theater! Buy tickets here >> 

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Multi-instrumentalist James Carter performs with Symphony Tacoma this Saturday evening, April 20, at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. “Saxophone Fusion” presents compositions derived from diverse cultures that feature the luscious sounds of the saxophone with the rich harmonies of the orchestra.

Carter, known for his skillful approach and surprising musical choices, will perform “Caribbean Rhapsody,” his collaborative work with composer Roberto Sierra, as well as “La Creation Du Monde,” the 1922 composition from Darius Milhaund.

Join KNKX tonight at 8 p.m. when we lead off Evening Jazz with some recent conversation between Carter and KNKX director of music programming Carol Handley about Carter’s performance with Symphony Tacoma, his beginnings as a saxophonist and some fun history playing in the Northwest.

Legendary Jazz Saxophonist James Carter Joins Symphony Tacoma for Saxophone Fusion

Tacoma, WA— Symphony Tacoma welcomes jazz saxophone virtuoso James Carter to the Pantages Theater on Saturday, April 20 as the guest soloist for Saxophone Fusion. The program presents compositions derived from diverse cultures that feature the luscious sounds of the saxophone with the rich harmonies of the orchestra.

Opening the program is Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C Major (1834). Although she wrote nearly 500 pieces of music, this work is her only-known full orchestral work. The sister of renowned composer Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny’s ambitions were limited by the societal views of the time that deemed musical careers for women of wealth and status as inappropriate. Instead, she performed her original works to small gatherings in her salon, Sonntagskonzerte, which was well-known and highly-regarded for the originality and quality of the performances. A few of her compositions appeared in Felix’s Op. 8 and Op. 9 collection of songs for voice and piano, but they were listed under his name.

Musicologists are still uncovering and attributing Fanny’s music today. Because minimal effort was invested in preserving or studying her work, little is known about Overture in C Major. Its peaceful opening paves the way for very virtuosic runs in the strings. The piece never becomes brash, and for every majestic, showy passage, there is a light and restrained balance to counter it.

Francis Poulenc’s satirical Sinfonietta (1947) represents works by Les Six, a group of young composers who sought to free French music from foreign domination and called for new music that would be fully French and anti-Romantic in its clarity, accessibility and emotional restraint in post-World War II Europe. Poulenc fulfilled these tenets in his composing, with many of his pieces drawing from Parisian cabarets and revues, making them accessible to the general public.

Poulenc’s music is unique in that it often includes satirical mimicry and fluent melody. His Sinfonietta is no exception. Its first movement opens with a gruff musical idea that is not necessarily symphonic in construction but begins a succession of lyrical themes. The second movement, a scherzo, is the most light-hearted, echoing a style and mood reminiscent of Tchaikovsky and Mozart, whose happy music is a staple of classical literature. The final movement takes a turn, beginning with the gruff tone that Poulenc adopts when appropriating neoclassicism, but soon turns to light again in the true style of Poulenc.

The remainder of the program features James Carter on saxophone accompanying the orchestra on classical works with jazz influences. Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde (1922-23) was inspired by authentic jazz he heard on the streets of Harlem during a concert tour in the early 1920s. The piece was originally written for a ballet that portrayed the creation of the world based on African folk mythology. It uses saxophone to replace violas, and the soloistic treatment of the instruments evokes the sound of jazz bands. The incorporation of blues notes and melodies, syncopations, riffs and ensemble textures are stylized with neoclassical and other modernist traits. Milhaud’s openness to foreign influences truly speaks to his unique style of composing. A multimedia film with art visuals—from African tribal sculptures to works by Picasso and Gauguin—accompany the piece.

Closing the concert is Puerto Rico native Roberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody (2010). The result of a decade-long collaboration between Carter and Sierra, Caribbean Rhapsody marries classical and Latin jazz influences and showcases Carter’s virtuosity. It draws on Sierra’s memories of growing up in Puerto Rico and the music he heard on jukeboxes—from the sensuous opening boléro, to the Latin riffs reminiscent of son montuno with alternating reflective and spirited music. Sierra wrote the piece as a musical reunion for Carter and his cousin, violinist Regina Carter. Sierra was “curious to see the combination of James and Regina improvising together and also on two different instruments—the sax, basically from the jazz tradition, and the violin, the quintessential orchestral instrument.” The resulting juxtaposition of saxophone and violin, viola, cello and bass is a refreshingly new hybrid of musical elements.

“When I first heard James Carter perform, a whole new set of possibilities opened up in my creative mind,” says Sierra. “I realized that his extraordinary gifts as musician and improviser would be fertile ground for the collaboration that culminated in the writing of Caribbean Rhapsody. I think that what I write is expression that comes from my soul, and a reflection of my own life experiences…This rhapsody not only recalls memories of tropical colors and sounds, but also exposes the pulse of life—the life that I knew growing up in Puerto Rico.”

Tickets range from $24 to $85 and are on sale through the Tacoma Arts Live box office. To order tickets, call 253-591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org. Saxophone Fusion is sponsored by KeyBank, Marine Floats, South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy, Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, Northwest Public Broadcasting and KNKX.

ABOUT THE GUEST ARTIST:

After Wynton Marsalis, no one caused more of an uproar than James Carter did when he appeared on the New York jazz scene from his native Detroit. Carter’s debut recording, JC on the Set, issued in Japan when he was only 23 and in the States a year later in 1993, was universally acclaimed as the finest debut by a saxophonist in decades. Carter plays both tenor and soprano sax in this four-movement work.

An artist long intrigued by contrasts and hybrids, James Carter resists comfortable categorization. “You have to be totally comfortable wherever,” he says. “I feel that music equals life; that’s the way my teacher always taught me. You just can’t go through life and experience it fully with a set of blinders on. I think there’s tremendous beauty in cross-pollinations of music and influences.”

In many ways, weaving together divergent impulses is at the heart of Carter’s music. Like the late tenor sax titan Ben Webster, he’s given to furious, high-velocity solos, but is just as likely to wax sentimental, using his big, bruising tone to tenderly caress a comely melody.

Born in Detroit, Carter learned to play saxophone at age 11 and was considered a prodigy. In 1986 at the age of 17, he began touring with Wynton Marsalias. He has been prominent as a performer and recording artist on the jazz scene since the late 1980s, playing saxophones, flute, and clarinets.

Mission: Commission

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

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2019 edition of League of American Orchestra’s Symphony magazine–featuring our own maestra, Sarah Ioannides. Click to read the article now!

Symphony Tacoma’s ‘Rainier Sunrise’ Celebrates Inspirational Music through Time

Tacoma, WA— Symphony Tacoma’s March concert comprises elegant and melodic works ranging from the 18th century up to present day. Four works—one each from the contemporary, neoclassical, romantic and classical genres—make up the evening’s repertoire, which will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 pm in the Pantages Theater.

“This body of work highlights a diversity of musical styles, each inspired by something beautiful in the eyes of the composer,” says Sarah Ioannides, Symphony Tacoma Music Director. “Here in the Pacific Northwest, we can recognize Karel Butz’s reverence of Mt. Rainier’s grandeur, and the romantic in each of us can easily relate to Wagner’s declaration of love to his wife and newborn child. Perhaps not as intuitive are Stravinsky’s wish to reinvent compositions of bygone days or Mozart’s illumination of the play of tones and color between the violin and viola, but each composition is an individual gem that has captivated audiences.”

The program begins with Karel Butz’s Rainier Sunrise (2016), his homage to Mt. Rainier with expressive melodic lines accompanied by lush and open chords. “Growing up as a native Seattleite, I often took for granted Mount Rainier’s majesty,” says Butz. “When I moved elsewhere, where city skylines were the dominant feature, I realized how much I missed the natural beauty and serenity of the mountains… One particular summer hike on Rainier’s Sunrise Trail inspired a melody that wandered through my head and served as the inspiration for this composition.”

Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite (1920) is one of the first compositions of neoclassicism, a trend during the 1910s to the 1950s in which composers revived, imitated or evoked the styles of pre-Romantic music. The work was originally commissioned by Russian impresario Sergei Diahilev in an effort to rewrite a handful of scores by Baroque composer Giovanni Pergolesi with the intention of orchestrating them for a ballet. Diahilev wanted a “stylish orchestration,” but what Stravinsky brought him was a dramatically different and new arrangement, much to the chagrin of Diahilev. “People who had never heard of or cared about the originals cried ‘sacrilege’…’leave the classics alone’,” recalled Stravinksy. “To them all my answer was and is the same: you ‘respect,’ but I love.” When Pulcinella premiered in Paris in 1920, it was a triumph and launched Stravinsky’s famed neoclassical period.

Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (1870) was originally written as a “symphonic birthday greeting” to his second wife, Cosima, to commemorate the birth of their son, Siegfried. It was first performed on Christmas morning by a small ensemble on the stairs of the Wagner’s villa. Cosima recalled the event in her journal: “As I awoke, my ear caught a sound, which swelled fuller and fuller; no longer could I imagine myself to be dreaming: music was sounding, and such music! When it died away, Richard came into my room with the children and offered me the score of the symphonic birthday poem.”

Intimate and personal, Wagner intended Siegfried Idyll for the family’s ears only, but financial pressures eventually compelled him to sell the rights to the score. He expanded the orchestration to accommodate 35 players in order to make the piece more marketable and published it in 1877.

Closing the concert is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (1779). This double concerto is viewed as a revolutionary work for Mozart, who assigned equal billing to the solo viola and the violin. Mozart worked as a court violinist for Salzburg’s Prince-Archbishop Colloredo, a role he greatly resented. He discovered in himself a deep response to the sound of the viola and the spirit it evoked—and it became his favorite instrument. It is assumed that he wrote the demanding solo viola part for himself, and he took pains to ensure that it would make a brilliant effect.

Performing the solos are Symphony Tacoma’s own Concertmaster Svend Rønning and Principal Viola Thane Lewis. “Both of these musicians are elegant, highly talented and sophisticated,” comments Ioannides. “How splendid that two of our finest musicians—who know the symphony deeply from the inside out—are providing musical inspiration and leadership as soloists in the execution of the most revered of Mozart’s concerti for more than one player!”

Tickets range from $24 to $85 and are on sale through the Tacoma Arts Live box office. To order tickets, call 253-591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org. Rainier Sunrise is sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University, South Sound Magazine and Hotel Murano.

ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS:

Svend Rønning is a Pacific Northwest native and joined Symphony Tacoma as its concertmaster in 2000. In addition to his duties with Symphony Tacoma, he is chair of the String Division at Pacific Lutheran University where he is professor of music, and violinist in the Regency String Quartet. One of the most active performers in the Puget Sound region, Rønning is also artistic director of the Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma’s award-winning producer of chamber music concerts and chamber music educational programs. He holds an undergraduate degree in violin performance from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University.

Thane Lewis studied with Steven Staryk at the University of Washington, where he received his master’s degree. He served as adjunct string faculty at Northwest University. As a chamber musician, Lewis performed in the Second City, Cascadia Sounds of Summer, Jacobsen, Mostly Nordic, Seattle Symphony Chamber Music Series, Seattle Symphony Young Composers, and the Governor’s Mansion Chamber Series. In 2000, his biography of violinist Steven Staryk, Fiddling With Life, was published by Mosaic Press of Toronto.

 

Symphony Tacoma Celebrates Native Traditions in Scheherazade: Beyond the Silk Road

From the glaciers of Mount Rainier to Arabian Nights, Scheherazade: Beyond the Silk Road is a journey of exotic music that will transport the audience from Tacoma to India and the Far East. The concert will take place on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 pm in the Pantages Theater.

“The overarching theme of this repertoire is the native voice of humanity telling tales about the land and its people on their journeys,” says Sarah Ioannides, Symphony Tacoma Music Director. “Through the rhythmic excitement of the drum beat and lush, lavish melodies that feel like a magic carpet ride, we will experience diverse cultures and their native heritage.”

The program begins with Puyallup native Daniel Ott‘s Fire-Mountain, originally commissioned and performed by Symphony Tacoma and Symphony Tacoma Voices in 2017. The composition, which paints a musical portrait of Mount Rainier’s melting glaciers, takes its name from a quote by naturalist John Muir: “Of all the fire-mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest in form.”

“I took as my point of departure not only the inspiring nature of our mountain’s setting, but also its very shape,” said Ott. “If one were to trace the outline of the mountain with the tip of a finger, he or she would describe two prominent peaks: Little Tahoma to the east, and Columbia Crest, Mt. Rainier’s summit, to the west. This is this image that encapsulates Fire-Mountain’s musical form.”

Following Fire-Mountain, Grammy-winning tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das will join the orchestra to perform Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto (2011), a work that inserts the “king” of Indian percussion instruments into a contemporary Western context. Das, who has performed with orchestras around the world, calls the work “the best Western classical piece written for my instrument.”

“While steeped in tradition, the tabla lends itself heartily to innovation and has shown its cultural versatility as an increasingly sought-after instrument in contemporary Western contexts,” says Wijeratne. The fusion of cultures “makes for a rather bizarre stew that reflects globalization, for better or worse!”

Closing out the performance is Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic and beloved Scheherazade (1888), a symphonic suite that tells the captivating story of the Arabian Nights and illustrates Rimsky-Korsakov’s genius for orchestration and musical characterization. A grim bass motif in the low brass portrays the domineering Sultan who, convinced that all women are faithless, vows to put to death each of his wives after their first nuptial night. Conversely, a solo violin accompanied by harp represents the heroine Scheherazade as she tells her nightly stories to distract the Sultan from killing her. Rimsky-Korsakov paints vivid pictures of Scheherazade’s tales in the mind of the listener–the adventures of a young prince, the love story of a prince and princess, and the sounds of rolling waves at sea.

Tickets range from $24 to $85. To order tickets, call 253-591-5894 or buy online.

Scheherazade: Beyond the Silk Road is sponsored by Point Ruston, MultiCare, GeoEngineers, M Agency and the Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment.

Symphony Tacoma’s Mini Maestros Children’s Concert Series Returns for a Seventh Year

Tacoma, Wash. – Symphony Tacoma is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2019 Mini Maestros program designed for kids ages 2-8 and their families. The four-concert series offers an interactive, close encounter with Symphony Tacoma musicians and their instruments. With curriculum prepared by Early Childhood Learning experts, the 45-minute “informances” get kids physically and mentally engaged with the music.­

The first three concerts highlight a different family of instruments—strings, brass and percussion. Symphony Tacoma educators introduce the instruments and explain musical concepts. Orchestra members demonstrate the concepts through a selection of songs that children respond to by singing dancing, marching and clapping their hands. Each of these concerts includes an instrument “petting zoo” that begins one hour before the performances. The petting zoo allows children to touch and try out the musical instruments with the assistance of Tacoma Youth Symphony students.

The grand finale concert is Sergei Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf, which introduces the different instruments in the orchestra as characters in the classic Russian folk tale. Featuring the full orchestra, it provides a culmination of concepts learned in the previous concerts.

All concerts are held at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall at 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $7 for children and $10 for adults, plus box office fees.

More information: symphonytacoma.org/youth/family-concerts

MINI MAESTROS SCHEDULE:

January 13: The Great String Thing-a-Machine!
Featuring the String Quintet
Join the Symphony Tacoma String Quintet for an inside look into the string family. Explore the contrasts of high/low, slow/fast and major/ minor while learning what make the string family truly unique. This concert’s music includes a balance of popular classical era pieces and children’s tunes that the whole family will enjoy.

February 24: Brass Ahoy! Shiver Me Timbres
Featuring the Brass Quintet
Ahoy! The Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet is hitting the high seas and taking you with them! Join the crew of the mighty brass-beards for a sea-themed musical adventure and search for musical treasures like timbre, pulse, dynamics and range. Featured music includes a variety of tunes inspired by pirates, the sea and Russian sailors.

March 24: Around the World in 80 Drums!
Featuring the Percussion Quartet
Take a whirlwind tour of the percussion family with the Symphony Tacoma Percussion Quartet. Explore the elements of rhythm, timbre and pulse and get an inside look at the world of percussion instruments from around the world. Pack your imagination as we embark on this exciting adventure!

May 5: Peter and the Wolf
Featuring the Full Orchestra
Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 classic Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have when a wolf comes through the garden gate. This marvelous work introduces the different instruments in the orchestra, with each character portrayed by a different instrument or group of instruments. Note: No instrument petting zoo for this performance.

The Mini Maestros Series is sponsored by Ted Brown Music.

Symphony Tacoma Rings in the Holiday Season with Festive Performances

The holidays are coming and Symphony Tacoma has the music! From family favorite carols to gospel classics and Handel’s beloved Messiah, the holiday line-up has something for every music enthusiast.

Holiday Favorites: Sounds of the Season
Sunday, December 2 | 2:30 pm
Pantages Theater

Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Marlette Buchanan, soprano
Tacoma Youth Symphony
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Tickets: $24-$85

On Sunday, December 2, the Pantages Theater stage will be brimming with musicians and instruments when Symphony Tacoma presents Sounds of the Season, its annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family. This year’s program features soprano Marlette Buchanan, an accomplished performer of opera, musical theatre, gospel, reggae and country music. The Tacoma Youth Chorus, under the direction of Judy Herrington, and Symphony Tacoma Voices complete the vocal line-up.

Symphony Tacoma Voices Director Geoffrey Boers will conduct the performance. Selections range from well-known favorites like Oh Come All Ye Faithful and Go Tell it on the Mountain to a special arrangement of Stars Tonight by Herrington and Sarah Ioannides. Audience members can join in during the ever-popular carol sing-along.

Prior to the concert, attendees will enjoy selections performed by the Tacoma Youth Symphony’s Brass Choir while enjoying holiday treats provided by Stadium Thriftway beginning at 1:45 pm.

Sounds of the Season is sponsored by Columbia Bank, Stadium Thriftway and The News Tribune. Tickets range from $24 to $85 and are on sale through the Tacoma Arts Live box office. To order tickets, call 253-591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org.

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 14 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church

Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Tess Altiveros, soprano | Laurel Semerdjian, alto
John Marzano, tenor | Glenn Guhr, bass
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Tickets: $30-$48

Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, George Frederick Handel’s Messiah has transcended its time and place to become a “work of the people” shared by audiences and musicians around the world. This holiday classic oratorio will be conducted by Music Director Sarah Ioannides and performed by the talented Symphony Tacoma orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices.

Handel was fascinated by human feelings and experience, and Messiah is his musical depiction of the human experience of the divine. Originally intended for the Easter season, it is now closely associated with Christmas. Audience members customarily stand during its most well-known segment, the “Hallelujah Chorus” following the tradition set by King George II who, according to legend, leapt to his feet when he first heard it.

Featured soloists include Tess Altiveros, soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, alto; John Marzano, tenor; and Glenn Guhr, bass.  The 75-member, all-volunteer Symphony Tacoma Voices includes professional singers and gifted amateurs who perform regularly in concert with Symphony Tacoma and in stand-alone engagements.

Tickets are on sale through the Tacoma Arts Live box office at 253-591-5894 or symphonytacoma.org.

Messiah is sponsored by Connelly Law and CHI Franciscan.
NEW THIS SEASON: To provide a safe and comfortable experience, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a new bag policy for all theater patrons. All bags are subject to search. Along with the required bag search, patrons may be requested to open their jackets or be checked with a metal detector prior to entering the venue. Broadway Center will not be held responsible for any prohibited items.

ADDITIONAL SYMPHONY TACOMA HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES:

73RD Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 24 | 4:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Symphony Tacoma’s Brass Quintet will serenade community members at the 73rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in downtown Tacoma, a local holiday tradition since World War II. This family-friendly event, presented by Tacoma Arts Live, is free and open to the public. More information 

Woodwind Trio at Stadium Thriftway
Friday, December 14 | 4-6 pm
Stadium Thriftway, 618 N First Street, Tacoma
Warm up with a cup of coffee and enjoy some holiday music by Symphony Tacoma’s Woodwind Trio at Stadium Thriftway before heading to Messiah.

ABOUT THE MUSIC:
Program notes are available in the season playbill.

ABOUT SYMPHONY TACOMA:
Building community through music. Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition, Symphony Tacoma has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape for more than 70 years. In 2014, Symphony Tacoma welcomed music director Sarah Ioannides, whom the Los Angeles Times called “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium.” Today’s Symphony Tacoma is a metropolitan professional symphony orchestra with more than 80 orchestral musicians and a volunteer chorus of 70. Keeping live musical performance alive in the heart of the region, Symphony Tacoma concertizes for an annual audience of nearly 20,000 citizens throughout Pierce County and the Greater Puget Sound area.

Symphony Tacoma Returns to Newly-Remodeled Pantages Theater with Symphonie Fantastique

Tacoma, WA—The much-anticipated reopening of the newly-renovated and acoustically-enhanced Pantages Theater is set for the weekend of November 16, and Symphony Tacoma is honored to be part of it. On Saturday, November 17 Maestra Sarah Ioannides and the Symphony Tacoma orchestra will present Symphonie Fantastique, the second performance of the eight-concert season. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.

Featuring an exciting and eclectic repertoire, the program has the makings for an exhilarating evening. Emmanuel Chabrier’s España portrays the composer’s impressions of a memorable visit to Spain, capturing in music the vibrant flavors and culture he experienced. Sergei Prokofiev’s “futuristic” Piano Concerto No. 2—originally composed in 1913 and reconstructed in 1923—features rising-star pianist Henry Kramer whose playing has been described as “precise as a faceted diamond.” Rounding out the program is Symphonie Fantastique which tells the heartbreaking and loosely-autobiographical story of Hector Berlioz’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

Tickets range from $24 to $85 and are on sale through the Broadway Center for Performing Arts box office. To order tickets, call 253-591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org.

Symphonie Fantastique is sponsored by University of Puget Sound, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Churchill Management Group, and Life Center.
NEW THIS SEASON: To provide a safe and comfortable experience, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a new bag policy for all theater patrons. All bags are subject to search. Along with the required bag search, patrons may be requested to open their jackets or be checked with a metal detector prior to entering the venue. Broadway Center will not be held responsible for any prohibited items.

RELATED PROGRAMMING:

GALA FANTASTIQUE
An evening of fabulous music, cuisine and philanthropy supporting Symphony Tacoma

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 6 pm
Museum of Glass
Experience an evening of passion and drama inspired by Symphonie Fantastique, Hector Berlioz’s vivid tale of unrequited love pushed to dangerous obsession.
Tickets: $200. Call 253-591-5894.
More information: https://symphonytacoma.org/events

MASTER CLASS IN PIANO AND CHAMBER MUSIC WITH HENRY KRAMER
A joint piano and/or chamber music master class with University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Youth Symphony

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 7 – 9 pm
University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public
More information: https://www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/events-calendar/details/master-class-in-piano-and-chamber-music/2018-11-15/

ABOUT THE MUSIC:
Program notes are available in the season playbill.


ABOUT SYMPHONY TACOMA:
Building community through music. Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition, Symphony Tacoma has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape for more than 70 years. In 2014, Symphony Tacoma welcomed music director Sarah Ioannides, whom the Los Angeles Times called “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium.” Today’s Symphony Tacoma is a metropolitan professional symphony orchestra with more than 80 orchestral musicians and a volunteer chorus of 70. Keeping live musical performance alive in the heart of the region, Symphony Tacoma concertizes for an annual audience of nearly 20,000 citizens throughout Pierce County and the Greater Puget Sound area.

Symphony Tacoma Season Opener Pairs Classical Favorites with ‘Ravish and Mayhem’

Tacoma, WA—Symphony Tacoma’s 2018-2019 season presents timeless masterpieces by classical artists complemented with innovative works by six living composers, including two women. The season opener, Barber and Tchaikovsky, features favorites by Samuel Barber and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky along with a 2012 composition by Stephanie Berg. The concert will be held in Tacoma’s Rialto Theater on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert also marks the beginning of Music Director Sarah Ioannides’ fifth season at the Symphony Tacoma podium. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi will lend her mastery of Barber’s Violin Concerto with her 1722 Stradivarius violin. Frautschi, who began playing the violin at age 3, has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire.

Season ticket packages and single concert tickets ($24 to $85) are on sale through the Broadway Center for Performing Arts box office. To subscribe, call 253-591-5894 or visit symphonytacoma.org.

Barber and Tchaikovsky is sponsored by Pacific Northwest Eye Associates, Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment and Tacoma Arts Month.
NEW THIS SEASON: To provide a safe and comfortable experience, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a new bag policy for all theater patrons. All bags are subject to search. Along with the required bag search, patrons may be requested to open their jackets or be checked with a metal detector prior to entering the venue. Broadway Center will not be held responsible for any prohibited items.

ABOUT THE MUSIC:

Stephanie Berg
Ravish and Mayhem (2012)
Heralded as a “promising new compositional voice” (St. Louis Post Dispatch), Kansas City native Stephanie Berg has had her music met with “enthusiastic ovations,” and has been described as “fun, creative” (St. Louis Post Dispatch) and possessing “a tremendous energy” (conductor David Robertson). Winner of the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project and the prestigious Sinquefield Composition Prize, Berg enjoys a rich performance career as a clarinet and saxophone player. She is a regular member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Philharmonic and the Missouri Symphony, to name a few.

Ravish and Mayhem was inspired by the vivacity and virtuosity of a Arabian street festival. Berg says, “I sought to encapsulate that energy into the piece through the triumphant fanfares and lively folk-style melodies that are presented throughout. I imagine a person traveling from scene to scene, witnessing wild dancers, street performers, and amorous couples until the elephants arrive to announce the grand finale.”

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Violin Concerto (1939)
Known for his expressiveness and tonal romanticism, American composer Samuel Barber is one of the most celebrated composers in the 20th century. Music critic Donal Henahan once stated that “probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent, and such long-lasting acclaim.” Barber’s beautiful Violin Concerto was commissioned in 1939 and premiered at the Academy of Music in February, 1941.

Barber wrote his own program notes for the premiere of the piece: “The first movement—allegro molto moderato—begins with a lyrical first subject announced at once by the solo violin, without any orchestral introduction. This movement as a whole has perhaps more the character of a sonata than concerto form. The second movement—andante sostenuto—is introduced by an extended oboe solo. The violin enters with a contrasting and rhapsodic theme, after which it repeats the oboe melody of the beginning. The last movement, a perpetuum mobile, exploits the more brilliant and virtuosic character of the violin.”

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Symphony No. 5 (1888)
Following his passion for music, Russian-born Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1865. The western-oriented education he received set him apart from composers of the nationalist movement that was sweeping Russian music at the time, defining his very personal style that reconciled his education with Russian musical traditions.

The Symphony No. 5 was composed in 1888 and was first performed with Tchaikovsky himself at the conductor’s podium in St. Petersburg. It is a cyclical symphony, with a recurring main theme that is persistently heard in all four movements. Although there is no clear programmatic content, Tchaikovsky did sketch a scenario for its first movement in his notebook, containing “…a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate.” It has since been dubbed the “fate theme,” as it has a funereal character in the first movement and gradually transforms into a triumphant march. This trajectory is especially evident even in its tonal composition, as it begins in E-minor and transcends into E-major by the last movement.

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