The holidays are coming and Symphony Tacoma has the music! From family favorite carols to gospel classics and Handel’s beloved Messiah, the holiday line-up has something for every music enthusiast.

Holiday Favorites: Sounds of the Season
Sunday, December 2 | 2:30 pm
Pantages Theater

Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Marlette Buchanan, soprano
Tacoma Youth Symphony
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Tickets: $24-$85

On Sunday, December 2, the Pantages Theater stage will be brimming with musicians and instruments when Symphony Tacoma presents Sounds of the Season, its annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family. This year’s program features soprano Marlette Buchanan, an accomplished performer of opera, musical theatre, gospel, reggae and country music. The Tacoma Youth Chorus, under the direction of Judy Herrington, and Symphony Tacoma Voices complete the vocal line-up.

Symphony Tacoma Voices Director Geoffrey Boers will conduct the performance. Selections range from well-known favorites like Oh Come All Ye Faithful and Go Tell it on the Mountain to a special arrangement of Stars Tonight by Herrington and Sarah Ioannides. Audience members can join in during the ever-popular carol sing-along.

Prior to the concert, attendees will enjoy selections performed by the Tacoma Youth Symphony’s Brass Choir while enjoying holiday treats provided by Stadium Thriftway beginning at 1:45 pm.

Sounds of the Season is sponsored by Columbia Bank, Stadium Thriftway and The News Tribune. Tickets range from $24 to $85 and are on sale through the Tacoma Arts Live box office. To order tickets, call 253-591-5894 or visit

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 14 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church

Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Tess Altiveros, soprano | Laurel Semerdjian, alto
John Marzano, tenor | Glenn Guhr, bass
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Tickets: $30-$48

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 will be conducted by Music Director Sarah Ioannides and performed by the talented Symphony Tacoma orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices.

Handel was fascinated by human feelings and experience, and Messiah is his musical depiction of the human experience of the divine. Originally intended for the Easter season, it is now closely associated with Christmas. Audience members customarily stand during its most well-known segment, the “Hallelujah Chorus” following the tradition set by King George II who, according to legend, leapt to his feet when he first heard it.

Featured soloists include Tess Altiveros, soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, alto; John Marzano, tenor; and Glenn Guhr, bass.  The 75-member, all-volunteer Symphony Tacoma Voices includes professional singers and gifted amateurs who perform regularly in concert with Symphony Tacoma and in stand-alone engagements.

Tickets are on sale through the Tacoma Arts Live box office at 253-591-5894 or

Messiah is sponsored by Connelly Law and CHI Franciscan.
NEW THIS SEASON: To provide a safe and comfortable experience, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts 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. Broadway Center will not be held responsible for any prohibited items.


73RD Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 24 | 4:30 pm
Pantages Theater
Symphony Tacoma’s Brass Quintet will serenade community members at the 73rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in downtown Tacoma, a local holiday tradition since World War II. This family-friendly event, presented by Tacoma Arts Live, is free and open to the public. More information 

Woodwind Trio at Stadium Thriftway
Friday, December 14 | 4-6 pm
Stadium Thriftway, 618 N First Street, Tacoma
Warm up with a cup of coffee and enjoy some holiday music by Symphony Tacoma’s Woodwind Trio at Stadium Thriftway before heading to Messiah.

Program notes are available in the season playbill.

Building community through music. Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition, Symphony Tacoma has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape for more than 70 years. In 2014, Symphony Tacoma welcomed music director Sarah Ioannides, whom the Los Angeles Times called “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium.” Today’s Symphony Tacoma is a metropolitan professional symphony orchestra with more than 80 orchestral musicians and a volunteer chorus of 70. 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.