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RACHMANINOFF & ROSES Saturday, October 15 | 7:30 pm, Pantages Theater.
Karen Tanaka: Rose Absolute
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
LUSH ROMANCE: Inspired by the scent of a French perfume, Japanese composer Karen Tanaka describes Rose Absolute as a “floral bouquet for a lover, as my personal, romantic present.” Dubbed a “once in a lifetime talent,” Blake Pouliot will perform Korngold’s dazzlingly and melodic Violin Concerto, the piece that marked the composer’s departure from writing film scores during World War II. Rachmaninoff’s final masterwork, Symphonic Dances, captures the composer’s nostalgia for the Russia he left behind, along with references to his earlier works and sacred chants.

CAUGHT IN LOVE Saturday, November 19 | 7:30 pm, Pantages Theater
Farrenc: Overture No.1
Jessie Montgomery: Caught by the Wind
Berlioz: Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet
Dvořák: Cello Concerto
PROFOUND INTENSITY: Regarded as one of the finest composers of the 19th century, Louise Farrenc captures Beethoven’s fire in her Overture No. 1. Jessie Montgomery’s Caught by the Wind evokes the spinning of bicycle wheels, the movement of wind and the cycles of life. Berlioz declares his consuming passion for actress Harriet Smithson in Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet. World-renowned cellist Zuill Bailey will perform Dvořák’s powerful Cello Concerto, sometimes called the “king of cello concertos.”

HOLIDAY FAVORITES Sunday, December 4 | 2:30 pm, Pantages Theater
Symphony Tacoma Voices (Geoffrey Boers, director)
Tacoma Youth Chorus (Judith Herrington, director)
Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family features a cornucopia of songs from cherished traditions. Joining Maestra Ioannides and the orchestra will be the melodious Symphony Tacoma Voices and Tacoma Youth Chorus.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH Friday, December 16 | 7:30 pm, NOTE: St. Charles Borromeo Church
Symphony Tacoma Voices (Geoffrey Boers, director)
Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, Handel’s Messiah is a holiday tradition for Symphony Tacoma. The classic oratorio will be conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Boers and performed by the talented orchestra and Symphony Tacoma Voices.

RECONCILIATION Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 7:30 pm, Pantages Theater
Symphony Tacoma Voices (Geoffrey Boers, director)
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
WORLD PREMIERE: Gregory Youtz: Suite from The Tacoma Method
Brahms: Symphony No. 4
OUSTED: Britten’s Four Sea Interludes tells the story of Peter Grimes, a psychologically troubled outcast from an English fishing village. Local composer Dr. Gregory Youtz sheds light on perhaps the most tragic chapter of Tacoma’s history in The Tacoma Method, an opera about the injurious expulsion of the city’s Chinese community. Brahms draws inspiration from Bach, Beethoven and Schumann in his deeply passionate Symphony No. 4, one of the most loved symphonies of the Romantic period.

YOUTHFUL BRILLIANCE Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 7:30 pm, Pantages Theater
Viet Cuong: Bullish
Franck: Symphonic Variations
Andrée: Andante quasi Recitativo
Avner Dorman: Concerto in A
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 “Classical”
FRESH PERSPECTIVES: Viet Cuong’s Bullish is testimony to Bach’s continuing influence on today’s musical scene. Franck offers a rethinking of variation form in his Symphonic Variations. Elfrida Andrée was the first woman to compose and conduct chamber and orchestral music in Sweden. Also influenced by Bach, Avner Dorman applied a modern view to the classic composer in his Concerto in A which he wrote at the age of 19. Prokofiev’s first numbered symphony, which he dubbed “Classical,” is a modern reinterpretation of the classical style of Haydn and Mozart. Indonesian pianist and 2022 Gilmore Young Artist, Janice Carissa has been praised for radiating “the multicolored highlights of a mature pianist.”

DANCING MALLETS & PULSING PERCUSSION Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 7:30 pm, Pantages Theater
Arx Duo, percussion
Members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
WORLD PREMIERE: Nick DiBerardino: Double Percussion Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
RESONANT RHYTHM: Bartók invokes the rawness of Eastern European tunes originally played on fiddle or fife in his Romanian Folk Dances. Composer Nick diBeraradino conceives fantastical tales through his wide-ranging, story-driven musical language. His newest commission will be debuted in Tacoma by Arx Duo, the dynamic percussion team of Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga. Beethoven’s renowned Symphony No. 7 synthesizes dance-like energy, serene solemnity and rousing wildness.

BLUES, TANGOS & RHAPSODIES Saturday, May 13, 2023 | 7:30 pm, Pantages Theater
Claudio Constantini, bandoneon & piano
U.S. PREMIERE: Claudio Constantini: Concerto for Bandoneon & Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America
Gershwin: American in Paris
GLOBAL MELANGE: Multi-instrumentalist and composer Claudio Constantini will share his unique style that fuses classical, contemporary and Latin music genres in his performance of two pieces – his own tango-inspired Concerto for Bandoneon and Gershwin’s gem of symphonic jazz, Rhapsody in Blue. Written in 1932, Florence Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America expresses the poignant experience of enslaved Africans in the United States. Gershwin’s rollicking An American in Paris portrays “the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.”


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