2018 – 2019 SEASON

PLEASE NOTE:  To provide a safe and comfortable experience, Tacoma Arts Live 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. Tacoma Arts Live will not be held responsible for any prohibited items.

MESSIAH

Fri, Dec. 14 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Soloists: Tess Altiveros, Laurel Semerdjian, John Marzano, Glenn Guhr

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 is performed by the talented orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices.

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SING FOR JOY

Fri, Feb. 1 | 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church
Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Stephanie Anne Johnson, vocalist
Amy Boers, organ

Hans Heruth: Joy
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Sad-happy, joyful-tragic, hopeful and inspirational music of oppressed people across history.  The concert begins with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms which paints various stories of the human experience—celebration in the midst of threat, promise of peace in the midst of war, and the affirmation of a life of faith. The second half of the program features songs of African American traditions. Well-known spirituals are paired alongside Gospel melodies, newly arranged for the Symphony Tacoma Voices by chorus member Evin Lambert. Tacoma native Stephanie Anne Johnson, a Top 20 Finalist on NBC’s The Voice, will sing from the more contemporary tradition, as well as her own music.

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SCHEHEREZADE: BEYOND THE SILK ROAD

Sat, Feb. 23 | 7:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Sandeep Das, tabla

Daniel Ott: Fire-Mountain (reprise)
Wijeratne: Tabla Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade

Homage to native traditions. A reprise of Fire-Mountain paints a musical portrait of Mount Rainier’s melting glaciers by Puyallup native Daniel Ott. Grammy-winning tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das will perform Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto, which he calls “the best Western classical piece written for my instrument.” Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade tells the captivating story of Arabian Nights through beautiful orchestration and thematic elements.

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RAINIER SUNRISE

Sat, Mar. 23 | 7:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Svend Rønning, violin
Thane Lewis, viola

Karel Butz: Rainier Sunrise
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

Elegant and melodic works attributed to chamber music. Rainier Sunrise by Seattle native Karel Butz “captures the peaceful emotions associated with the grandeur and beauty of Mount Rainier’s Sunrise Trail.” Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite was originally written as a ballet reconstructed from Baroque compositions by Giambattista Pergolesi. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was a birthday gift to his wife and dedicated to their newborn son. One of the most celebrated duets ever written, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola will feature Symphony Tacoma’s Concertmaster Svend Rønning and Principal Violist Thane Lewis.

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SAXOPHONE FUSION

Sat, Apr. 20 | 7:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
James Carter, saxophone

Fanny Mendelssohn: Overture in C
Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Roberto Sierra: Caribbean Rhapsody
Milhaud: La création du monde (with multimedia)

Diverse cultures and rare influences present a wide representation of our society. Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C was her only-known full orchestral work, written at a time when musical careers were considered inappropriate for women. Puerto Rico native Roberto Sierra’s Caribbean Rhapsody, written for saxophone virtuoso James Carter, combines classical and Latin jazz influences. Poulenc’s satirical Sinfonietta represents works by Les Six, a group of young composers who sought to free French music from foreign domination in post-World War I Europe. Milhaud’s La création du monde tells the creation story according to African folk mythology with influences of Harlem Renaissance jazz and a multimedia film with art visuals, from African tribal sculptures to works by Picasso and Gauguin.

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ODE TO JOY

Sat, May 11 | 7:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Soloists: Kristin Vogel, Melissa Plagemann, Ross Hauck, Charles Robert Stephens

World Premiere by Hannah Lash: TBD
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Grand finale. Beethoven’s remarkable Symphony No. 9 was the longest and most complex symphony of its time and has been referred to as “the symphony to end all symphonies.” It was first composed to include chorus and vocal soloists with the inclusion of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy in the final movement, making it one of the most recognized melodies of all time. This classic favorite will be paired with a new commission by an American female composer.

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PAST CONCERTS

BARBER & TCHAIKOVSKY

Sat, Oct. 20 | 7:30 pm
Rialto Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Jennifer Frautschi, violin

Stephanie Berg: Ravish and Mayhem
Barber: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Timeless classics by Barber and Tchaikovsky paired with a new voice in the compositional world. Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem is sizzling and fresh, “a little exotic with a lot of pizzazz.” Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi lends her mastery of Barber’s Violin Concerto’s lyrical passages with her 1722 Stradivarius violin. Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 5 concludes Symphony Tacoma’s season opener.

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SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Sat, Nov 17 | 7:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Henry Kramer, piano

Chabrier: España
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Symphony Tacoma’s exciting and varied premiere in the refurbished and acoustically-enhanced Pantages Theater. Chabrier’s España captures the composer’s reflections of a visit to Spain. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 features rising-star pianist Henry Kramer whose playing has been described as “precise as a faceted diamond.” Rounding out the program is Berlioz’s dramatic Symphonie Fantastique which tells the story of the artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

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HOLIDAY FAVORITES – SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Sun, Dec. 2 | 2:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Marlette Buchanan, soloist
Tacoma Youth Chorus
Symphony Tacoma Voices 

Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family. The program features Gospel and spiritual favorites, classics from cherished Christmas television programs and movies, moving choral masterpieces, and the ever-popular carol sing-along!

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