76 th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma

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76th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma
ASM Global and Tacoma Venues & Events host live tree lighting with special visit from Santa
For the 76th year, the holiday tree is up in front of the Pantages Theater at South 9th Street
and Broadway. The long-standing, traditional holiday tree-lighting celebration will take place on
Saturday, November 27, beginning at 5 p.m.
Glowing in sparkling decorated trees, the Pantages Theater lobby will feature display tables hosted by
local resident arts organizations, including Tacoma City Ballet, Symphony Tacoma, Northwest
Sinfonietta, Tacoma Concert Band, Puget Sound Revels and the Tacoma School of the Arts.
Attendees will enjoy Corina Bakery special cookies, hot drinks, mingling Nutcracker ballerinas, courtesy
Tacoma City Ballet, and live music by an 11-piece Tacoma Concert Band brass ensemble and a joint
string quartet, courtesy Symphony Tacoma and Northwest Sinfonietta. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus
will read a traditional story and lead a fun-filled singalong of popular children’s holiday songs, followed
by the tree-lighting countdown.
“We are truly looking forward to welcoming the community to the Pantages and the gorgeous holiday
tree standing out front. We’re creating a fun and festive tree lighting event with all the sights and
sounds of the season for the entire family,” said Lynn Carlotto, General Manager for Tacoma Theaters.
Tacoma Venues & Events (TVE) recently announced ASM Global, an international leader in venue
management, as new managers for the City of Tacoma-owned Pantages Theater (and adjoining Jones
Building), the Rialto Theater and the Theatre on the Square.
The 40’ Douglas fir tree was donated by Skyline Presbyterian Church and is decorated over several days
with more than 250’ of lights and traditional holiday décor.
For safety measures, the event will be held both indoors and outdoors. Masks will be required when
indoors per state mandate. No vaccine verifications or negative tests are required for this event.
On Sunday, November 28, the traditional lighting of The Menorah in honor of Chanukah will be held in
front of the Pantages Theater at 5 p.m. The menorah has been graciously presented from
Rabbi Kesselman of Chabad Jewish Center of Pierce County.
For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org or call 253.272.3663.
MEDIA CONTACT
Tammi Bryant – Director of Marketing – Tacoma Venues & Events

The Parallel Powers of Music and Athletes

Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence on the podium for Symphony Tacoma has won praise from audiences and critics internationally. The New York Times has described her as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority.”

The physicality of Ioannides’ career requires dedication and perseverance, much like an athletic endeavor. She shares her story of injury, healing and music as a lens through which others might envision succeeding in anything that requires both mental and physical discipline.

“I’ve always had a passion for running,” says Ioannides, “but… with having two knee surgeries, conquering Lyme disease, and bringing up three children—while living in three states from coast to coast—my physical strength needed recovery… an ongoing challenge with constant travel.”

After moving to Tacoma, she says, she committed to resolve her knee struggles and to regain balance and strength. In 2017 she met Alison Unterreiner, PT.

Unterreiner says physical therapy relies on rehabilitating systematically and deliberately. And running requires a person to train effectively and to be patient for the results. Both physical therapy and running require self-discipline to do the work and to wait for the recovery or performance.

When Unterreiner and her husband attended Symphony Tacoma’s opening concert, the physical therapist was entranced by the performance and the music. But her PT self also focused on the conductor and the physicality of her job.

Ioannides told Unterreiner “I’ve never been very sporty,” but the physical therapist begged to differ: “What you are doing on the podium—takes endurance and strength and movement awareness and timing. That is the essence of athleticism.” This ignited talk of the training parallels of musicians and athletes, the need for selfdiscipline, and having the patience to let the music “sit” or let the body adapt.

After a few months of rehabilitation and running again, Ioannides’ focused dedication enabled her to complete the Sound to Narrows 12K, placing 11th in her age group.

Ioannides’ goals began with wanting to stay fit on the podium, and stay energetic to manage being a wife, mother and conductor. She now believes in her athleticism and plans to stay strong for conducting, for running and for life!

KELLY LENIHAN

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