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A Message From The Maestra

Sarah Ioannides

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Symphony Tacoma season! In planning your concerts, I have chosen guest artists who will uplift and inspire, and selected music to provide just the right balance between the unusual and striking, the familiar and cherished. It is my hope that these concerts captivate, relax, inspire, stretch, intrigue and satisfy you—from start to finish!




Sarah Ioannides
Music Director
Symphony Tacoma



Season Opening: Bernstein Centennial!

Symphony Tacoma Voices
Sat. 7:30 pm | Oct. 21 | Pantages Theater


Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Bernstein: On The Waterfront
Bernstein: Suite No. 2 from West Side Story

Music critic Donal Henahan called Leonard Bernstein “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” Known to friends and fans as “Lenny,” he was an accomplished composer, conductor, pianist, and humanitarian. In celebration of Bernstein’s Centennial, Symphony Tacoma presents works from this great personality known for his message of understanding and hope–nowhere better demonstrated than in his score to West Side Story. The Symphony Tacoma Voices and a cast of 7 stellar vocal soloists will join the Orchestra for this unforgettable and moving performance.

Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

Andrew Tyson, piano
Sat. 7:30 pm | Nov. 18 | Pantages Theater


Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Stravinsky’s ballet about the magical Firebird was met with critical acclaim and marked the young composer’s breakthrough into the world of classical music. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G starts with bright and boundless energy, followed by a soulful, introspective second movement.  Young pianist Andrew Tyson, called “a real poet of the piano” by BBC Radio 3, makes his debut with Symphony Tacoma. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, hailed as one of the most “towering symphonic structures in our whole literature” by music experts, was said by the composer to deal with the power of fate.

Sounds of the Season

Tacoma Youth Chorus
Sun. 2:30 pm | Dec. 3 | Pantages Theater


Our annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family, featuring classics from cherished TV and Christmas movies, moving choral masterpieces, and a carol sing-along. Conducted by Sarah Ioannides, the Symphony will be joined by the amazing Tacoma Youth Chorus in this concert for the whole family — young and old!


Symphony Tacoma Voices
Thurs. 7:30 pm | Dec. 14 | Chapel Hill, Gig Harbor
Fri. 7:30 pm | Dec. 15 | St. Charles Borromeo

Chorus Director Dr. Geoffrey Boers leads the Orchestra and Symphony Tacoma Voices in Handel’s beloved holiday classic – featuring the rousing “Hallelujah” chorus!  Joining them will be soprano Christina Kowalski-Holien, mezzo Melissa Plagemann, tenor Wesley Morgan and bass Charles Robert Stephens, along with harpsichordist Amy Boers and organist Coni Liljengren.

Elgar & Sibelius

Efe Baltacigil, cello
Sat. 7:30 pm | Feb. 24 | Chapel Hill, Gig Harbor
Sun. 2:30 pm | Feb. 25 | Rialto Theater

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

Marie Samuelsson’s The Eros Effect and Solidarity highlights the human capacity to respond in solidarity during social movements. Seattle Symphony principal cellist Efe Baltacigil makes his Symphony Tacoma debut in Elgar’s contemplative and elegiac Cello Concerto. 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.

Beethoven & Brahms

Charles Butler, trumpet

Sun. 2:30 pm | Mar. 25 | Rialto Theater

Beethoven/Cooper: Symphony No. 10
Hadyn: Trumpet Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 10 existed only as fragments until reconstructed in 1988 by Barry Cooper. New Principal Trumpet Charles Butler makes his solo debut with Symphony Tacoma in the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. The program concludes with Brahms’s gripping Symphony No. 1, the groundbreaking symphonic work that broke the post-Beethoven’s 9th “writer’s block”!

Opus X

Sun. 2:30 pm | April 22 | Pantages Theater

Experience four mesmerizing women from the four corners of the world! Featuring violin, clarinet, piano and cello, these highly acclaimed musicians put a new spin on Classics. From Astor Piazolla to Led Zeppelin, their performances are modern, cutting edge, romantic, and lush. A perfect date night!

Poulenc & Wagner

Kelly Cae Hogan, soprano
Symphony Tacoma Voices

Sat. 7:30 pm | May 12 | Pantages Theater

Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger
Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyeries
Poulenc: Gloria

Metropolitan Opera star Kelly Cae Hogan–hailed by Opera Britannica for her “effortless radiance… vocal triumph”–graces a spectacular program that includes Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, the tour-de-force Overture to Die Meistersinger, and the soaring and inspirational Ride of the Valkyries. The acclaimed Symphony Tacoma Voices will thrill with Poulenc’s sparkling, extroverted setting of the Gloria, called “riotously wild, spiky, and humorous” by The Observer.