TACOMA, WA — Festival of Sail® Tacoma 2017 will offer a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. From June 15 through 18, Tacoma will be one of only a handful of Pacific ports that will host the historic ships. Festival of Sail® Tacoma 2017 promises to be the largest event in our region’s history featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverage—and Symphony!

Led by Music Director Sarah Ioannides, Symphony Tacoma will present a free concert at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17 on the waterfront at Thea’s Park.  The program will feature popular and nostalgic music from films, American history, and the nautical world. This rousing outdoor performance will truly set the stage for a memorable afternoon in the community, with the massive, traditional-rig sailing vessels as a backdrop!

The Festival of Sail will provide a well-rounded, outdoor educational activity for area residents, centered around our community’s maritime past and present. Activities will include the grand Parade of Sail, mock battles, ship tours and historical talks, day sails, youth programs, food and drink, and culture—of which the Symphony’s concert promises to be the highlight!

The program will include such favorites as Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, music from Titanic, Rodgers & Bennett’s Victory at Sea, Gliere’s Russian Sailors Dance, and more.  The performance is underwritten by The Anderson Family Fund and by Drs. Les & Estelle Reid.  Corporate sponsors include General Plastics, Marine Floats, and Titus Will Enterprises.

Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition, the newly-renamed Symphony Tacoma (formerly Tacoma Symphony Orchestra) has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape for 70 years. In 2014, Symphony Tacoma welcomed new music director Sarah Ioannides, whom the Los Angeles Times called “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium.”  Keeping live musical performance alive in the heart of the region, Symphony Tacoma concertizes for an annual audience of nearly 20,000 citizens throughout Pierce County and the Greater Puget Sound area.

Deeply committed to its role as one of the hubs of Tacoma’s cultural sector, Symphony Tacoma is dedicated to the belief that the community is made stronger and more vibrant by experiencing great music together.