Tacoma Symphony announces 2019-2020 concerts

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Romeo & Juliet
Sat., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
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
Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
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.

Holiday Favorites
Sun., Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Tacoma Youth Chorus (Judith Herrington, director
Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family. This year’s program features choral masterpieces and festive arrangements that evoke feelings of holiday celebrations at home, whatever your tradition may be.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’
Fri., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Church
Geoffrey Boers, conductor
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 and the Electric Universe
Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Michael Nicolella, electric guitar
Delius: “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring”
U.S. Premiere: Simon Petersson’s “Spheres” 
U.S. Premiere: Yaron Gottfried’s Electric Guitar Concerto (with multimedia)
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 & Beethoven
Sat., March 21, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Pallavi Mahidhara, piano
Symphony Tacoma Voices (Geoffrey Boers, director)
Beethoven: “Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus”
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
World Premiere: David Ludwig: “Bleeding Pines”
Beethoven: Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra “Choral Fantasy”
“The 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
Sat., April 18, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin
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 Hristov, who is the featured artist. Mahler’s “Titan” integrates Austro-German folk melodies into this epic symphony.

Celebrating the Roaring Twenties
Sat., May 9, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Charlie Albright, piano
Ravel: La Valse
Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps
Boulanger: Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin: 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.

Additional 2019-2020 performances featuring Symphony Tacoma

Video Games Live
Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater
Presented by Tacoma Arts Live
An immersive concert of music from popular video games

Mozart’s Requiem
Sat., June 6, 7:30 p.m., University Place Presbyterian Church
Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Symphony Tacoma Voices

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