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ROMEO & JULIET
Prokofiev: Suites from Romeo & Juliet
This original production synthesizes Prokofiev’s heart-wrenching ballet score with the most epic love story of all time. Actors from Tacoma’s School of the Arts will enact excerpts from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet throughout this dramatic performance.
GEORGE LI PLAYS ENCHANTING RACHMANINOFF
David Ludwig: Fanfare for Sam
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li will take on one of the most technically-challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program begins with Fanfare for Sam, a tribute to composer Samuel Barber written by Composer in Residence David Ludwig, and Brahms’ poetic Symphony No. 3. Maestra Sarah Ioannides first collaborated with Li on stage with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra when he was just 12 years old.
Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family, featuring Tacoma Youth Chorus and Tacoma Refugee Choir! This year’s program features choral masterpieces and festive arrangements—including selections from favorite holiday films—that evoke feelings of holiday celebrations at home, whatever your tradition may be.
Friday, December 20 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Soloists: Leann Conley-Holcom, soprano | Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano | Brendan Tuohy, tenor | Zachary Lenox, bass
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.
BEETHOVEN’S EROICA AND HIS ELECTRIC UNIVERSE
Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Simon Petersson: Spheres (U.S. PREMIERE)
Yaron Gottfried: Electric Guitar Concerto (with multimedia) (U.S. PREMIERE)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a delightful expression of the beauty of nature. Maestra Sarah Ioannides conducted Simon Petersson’s Spheres in Sweden in 2018 and is excited to bring it to Tacoma. Seattle native Michael Nicolella will perform Israeli composer Yaron Gottfried’s Electric Guitar Concerto, a beautiful classical piece featuring a non-traditional orchestral instrument. The heroic Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” is one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works and is widely considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era.
LUDWIG AND BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
David Ludwig: Songs from the Bleeding Pines (WORLD PREMIERE)
Beethoven: Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra “Choral Fantasy”
Creatures of Prometheus is Beethoven’s only full-length ballet and shows his lighter side. Mozart’s longest and final symphony “Jupiter” was said to be an inspiration to Beethoven with its five simultaneous melodies. Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” is considered a forerunner to his Ninth Symphony and includes piano and vocal solos as well as chorus. Inspired by “Choral Fantasy,” Composer in Residence David Ludwig draws on its themes in his world-premiere composition, Bleeding Pines which provides a commentary on today’s environmental crisis.
MAHLER’S EPIC TITAN
Smetana: Vltava “The Moldau”
David Ludwig: Violin Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan”
The works that make up this concert share influences from Bohemia. Smetana’s “The Moldau” is one of seven symphonic poems that pay tribute to the famous Eastern European river. David Ludwig wrote his Violin Concerto for his wife, Bulgarian native and violinist Bella Hristova, who is the featured artist. Mahler’s “Titan” integrates Austro-German folk melodies into this epic symphony.
CELEBRATING THE ROARING TWENTIES
Ravel: La Valse
Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps
Boulanger: Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue | An American in Paris
On the centennial of the Roaring Twenties, Symphony Tacoma celebrates the French and American musical influences of the decade. Ravel’s La Valse is a tribute to the Viennese waltz. The Boulanger sisters, both talented composers, left us few—yet notable—works. After Lili’s death at an early age, Nadia stopped composing but her influence continued through her teaching of many important composers of the last century. Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris evoke imagery of the jazz, dance and art that define the era. Tacoma favorite Charlie Albright returns for a third performance with Symphony Tacoma.
VIDEO GAMES LIVE
Friday, May 15 | 7:30 pm
Presented by Tacoma Arts Live
Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Joined by Symphony Tacoma, they perform along with video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!
Unfinished at the time of his death, Mozart’s Requiem was commissioned by Count Franz von Walsegg in memory of his wife. Sensing his own demise, Mozart was said to have instructed his student, Franz Süssmayr, to complete the emotionally-stirring choral masterpiece.