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Sunday, Feb 25, 2:30 PM
Rialto Theater
Tickets: $ 19

Samuelsson: “The Eros Effect and Solidarity” from The Love Trilogy (US Premiere)
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Marie Samuelsson’s music is sparse and lush at the same time–and deeply spiritual.  Sarah Ioannides conducted the 2016 World Premiere of The Eros Effect and Solidarity in Sweden; now she presents the U.S. premiere. The Eros Effect and Solidarity highlights the human capacity to respond in solidarity during social movements. “This piece is a very touching, moving, spiritual work,” says Maestra Ioannides.  “It communicates through melody, harmony and vocalizing,using special techniques that you don’t often hear.” At one point, she reveals, the orchestra literally whispers the meaning behind this piece.  “It hauntingly speaks to the love and solidarity of the human race.”

Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Efe Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003. Symphony Tacoma is pleased to welcome him for his Tacoma debut in the Elgar Cello Concerto. Now a cornerstone of the cello repertoire, it was virtually unknown until the great Jacqueline du Pré reintroduced it in the 1960s.

The program concludes with Sibelius’s beautiful Symphony No. 2 of 1902, hailed by many as a clarion call to Finland’s independence, but called “a confession of the soul” by the composer himself.