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Season Opening: Bernstein Centennial!

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


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

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. Symphony Tacoma Voices and 7 vocal soloists will join the Orchestra for this unforgettable and moving performance.



Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

Charlie Albright, piano
Sat. 7:30 pm | Nov. 18 | Pantages Theater


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

Stravinsky’s Firebird marked the young composer’s breakthrough into the world of classical music. Young pianist Charlie Albright performs with Symphony Tacoma in Ravel’s beautiful Impressionist concerto. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 was said by the composer to deal with the power of fate.

with support from Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment

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.



Once Upon A String

Sun. 2:30 pm | Feb. 18 | Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound

Instrument petting zoo commences before the concert at 1:30pm.

Tickets: $7 children, $10 adults + box office fee ($10 & $13, at the door)

Join the Symphony Tacoma String Quintet for a fantasy-filled introduction to the string family.  Listeners will be taken to a land far, far away to explore the contrasts of high/low, slow/fast, and loud/soft while learning all of the ins and outs of what makes the string family truly unique.  The music featured in this concert will be a balance between popular classical pieces, music from the movies, and children’s tunes that the whole family will enjoy…and everyone lives happily ever after!

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 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.   Seattle Symphony principal cellist Efe Baltacigil makes his Symphony Tacoma debut in Elgar’s contemplative and elegiac Cello Concerto.

Turning of the Seasons

with the Symphony Tacoma Voices
Fri. 7:30 pm | Mar. 16 | Christ Episcopal Church

Duruflé Requiem
Bach Motet Singet dem Herrn
Excerpts from Arnesen’s Wound in the Water and more.


3-2-1 Brass Off!

Sun. 2:30 pm | Mar. 18 |  Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound

Instrument petting zoo commences before the concert at 1:30pm.

$7 children, $10 adults + box office fee ($10 & $13, at the door)

Blast off!  The Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet is headed into outer space and they are taking you with them!  Come and learn all about the brass family and enjoy a space-themed musical adventure that is out of this world.  On this musical voyage, we will continue to explore elements of music such as pulse, dynamics, and range.  The Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet will perform a variety of tunes inspired by the planets, stars, and intergalactic travel!


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”!


Percussion on Parade!

Sun. 2:30 pm | April 15 | Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound

Instrument petting zoo commences before the concert at 1:30pm.

$7 children, $10 adults + box office fee ($10 & $13, at the door)

Drumroll please!………the Symphony Tacoma Percussion Quartet invites you to join them for a grand showcase of  the percussion family.  The audience will be fascinated by the number of different instruments as well as a few “instruments” that are part of our everyday lives.  Listeners will be introduced to the elements of rhythm, body percussion, tempo, and steady beat to name a few.   Be prepared for your feet to march, your hands to clap, and for your eyes and ears to be dazzled as the Symphony Tacoma Percussion Quartet goes on parade!

Earth Songs from the Harp

Featuring electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant

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

Composer, performer, singer, author, cartoonist, comedian, electric harpist–mix those and you begin to describe Deborah Henson-Conant. Symphony Tacoma is thrilled to perform with this phenom for our community! The Grammy-nominated artist was on NBC, CBS, CNN, and starred in two PBS specials. Nicknamed “Jimi Hendrix of the Harp,” Deborah (with her rockstar leather-and-boots attire) will draw ticket-buyers across demographics. She transfixes audiences with her electric-harp strapped on like a guitar, making it wail like Led Zeppelin or enchant with Celtic folksongs. Sounds come from its 32-strings nobody would predict: Blues. Jazz. Flamenco. Distortion. We anticipate incorporating an interactive audience-education session along with this show. Henson-Conant, Maestra Ioannides, and our principal harp player plan to hold a “post-concert talkback” giving insights into the repertoire, answer student Q&A, and offer the opportunity to see the famous electric harp up-close.


with support from Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment

Mini Maestros: Peter and the Wolf

Sun. 2:30 pm | May 6 | Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound
Featuring Tacoma Youth Chorus Chamber Choir
Judy Herrington, Director
No instrument petting zoo before concert.
Prokofiev’s timeless favorite introduces the different instruments in the orchestra as characters in a classic Russian folk tale.   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 with a wolf that comes in from the meadow through the garden gate.  Each character is represented by a different musical instrument or group of instruments.  The piece specially features the Woodwind Family of instruments.  David Fischer narrates.  Please note: there is no instrument petting zoo with this performance!

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 Valkyries
Poulenc: Gloria

Met Opera star Kelly Cae Hogan graces a spectacular program featuring the soaring melodies and lush orchestration of Wagner, from Die Meistersinger to Die Walküre. The acclaimed Symphony Tacoma Voices will thrill with Poulenc’s sparkling, extroverted 1959 Gloria.