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Symphony Tacoma 2018-19 Season:
Barber and Tchaikovsky
Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Timeless classics by Samuel Barber and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky paired with a new voice in the compositional world. Stephanie Berg’s “Ravish and Mayhem” is sizzling and fresh, “a little exotic with a lot of pizzazz.” Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi lends her mastery of Barber’s Violin Concerto’s lyrical passages with her 1722 Stradivarius violin. Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 5 concludes Symphony Tacoma’s season opener.
Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Symphony Tacoma’s exciting and varied premiere in the refurbished and acoustically-enhanced Pantages Theater. Emmanuel Charbrier’s “España” captures the composer’s reflections of a visit to Spain. Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 features rising-star pianist Henry Kramer whose playing has been described as “precise as a faceted diamond.” Rounding out the program is Hector Berlioz’s dramatic “Symphonie Fatastique,” which tells the story of the artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.
Sounds of the Season
Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m.
Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family. The program features Gospel and spiritual favorites, classics from cherished Christmas television programs and movies, moving choral masterpieces, and the ever-popular carol sing-along.
Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
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.
Beyond the Silk Road
Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.
An homage to native traditions: a reprise of “Fire-Mountain” paints a musical portrait of Mount Rainier’s melting glaciers by Puyallup native Daniel Ott. Grammy-winning tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das will perform Wijeratne’s “Tabla Concerto,” which he calls “the best Western classical piece written for my instrument.” Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade tells the captivating story of Arabian Nights through beautiful orchestration and thematic elements.
Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Elegant and melodic works attributed to chamber music. “Rainier Sunrise” by Seattle native Karel Butz “captures the peaceful emotions associated with the grandeur and beauty of Mount Rainier’s Sunrise Trail.” Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite” was originally written as a ballet reconstructed from Baroque compositions by Giambattista Pergolesi. Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” was a birthday gift to his wife and dedicated to their newborn son. One of the most celebrated duets ever written, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola” will feature Symphony Tacoma’s concertmaster Svend Rønning and principal violist Thane Lewis.
Apr. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Diverse cultures and rare influences present a wide representation of our society. Fanny Mendelssohn’s “Overture in C” was her only-known full orchestral work, written at a time when musical careers were considered inappropriate for women. Puerto Rico native Roberto Sierra’s “Caribbean Rhapsody,” written for saxophone virtuoso James Carter, combines classical and Latin jazz influences. Francis Poulenc’s satirical “Sinfonietta” represents works by Les Six, a group of young composers who sought to free French music from foreign domination in post-World War I Europe. Darius Milhaud’s “La Création du Monde” tells the creation story according to African folk mythology with influences of Harlem Renaissance jazz and a multimedia film with art visuals, from African tribal sculptures to works by Pablo Picasso and Paul Gaugin.
Ode to Joy
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater Grand finale. Ludwig van Beethoven’s remarkable “Symphony No. 9” was the longest and most complex symphony of its time and has been referred to as “the symphony to end all symphonies.” It was first composed to include chorus and vocal soloists with the inclusion of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” in the final movement, making it one of the most recognized melodies of all time.