Percussion on Parade!

March 20, 2022, 3 pm
University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Hall
Featuring the Percussion Quartet
Drumroll please. . . Symphony Tacoma’s Percussion Quartet invites you to a grand showcase of the percussion family! You will learn about musical elements such as rhythm, body percussion, tempo and steady beat with instruments you may know as well as a few that might surprise you! Be prepared to march your feet, clap your hands and be dazzled by this percussion parade!

3-2-1 Brass Off!

February 27, 2022, 3 pm
University Place Presbyterian Church
Featuring the Brass Quintet
Blast off with the Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet on a cosmic journey that is out of this world! Venture into outer space and explore the musical elements of pulse, dynamics and range with an array of intergalactic tunes as you learn about the instruments in the brass family


February 6, 2022, 3 pm
University Place Presbyterian Church
Featuring the String Quintet
Travel with the Symphony Tacoma String Quintet to a land far, far away for a fantasy-filled introduction to the string family! Explore the contrasts of high/low, slow/fast, and loud/soft through popular classical music, songs from favorite movies and children’s tunes that will have the whole family smiling and clapping along. And everyone lives happily ever after…

Mini Maestros Children’s Concert Series Returns for 2022

Mini Maestros Children’s Concert Series Returns for 2022
Tacoma, WA – Symphony Tacoma is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2022 Mini Maestros concert series. Designed for kids ages 2-8 and their families, the four-concert series provides an interactive concert experience with Symphony Tacoma musicians and their instruments. With curriculum prepared by Early Childhood Learning experts, the 45-minute “informances” get kids physically and mentally engaged with the music.­
The first three concerts highlight a different family of instruments—strings, brass and percussion. Educator and emcee Shay Ryan introduces the instruments and introductory musical concepts while Symphony Tacoma musicians demonstrate through a selection of songs that children respond to by singing, dancing, marching and clapping their hands. The concerts include an instrument “petting zoo” that begins one hour before the performances. The petting zoo allows children to touch and try out the musical instruments with the assistance of musicians.
“We are so glad to welcome families with young children back for another season of Mini Maestros!” said Executive Director Karina Bharne. “These concerts provide an opportunity for kids to watch our musicians play in a fun and interactive environment led by Shay Ryan of Kindermusik, and our petting zoos are a wonderful opportunity for kids to see if the cello or the cymbals are for them! I don’t know who has more fun—the kids or our musicians and staff who get to engage with them.”
The grand finale concert is Sergei Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf, which introduces the different instruments in the orchestra as characters in the classic Russian folk tale. Featuring the full orchestra, it provides a culmination of concepts learned in the previous concerts.
All concerts begin at 3 pm, with the instrument petting zoo beginning at 2 pm. Tickets to individual concerts are $7 for children and $10 for adults, plus box office fees. The first two concerts will be held at University Place Presbyterian Church. Tickets for these concerts are on sale now. The third and fourth concerts will be held at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneeback Hall, and tickets for these sessions will go on sale in 2022.
Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.
PLEASE NOTE: Symphony Tacoma is committed to providing a safe and healthy concert environment for our audiences, musicians and staff. In accordance with current Washington State mandates and safety protocols, all patrons (ages 5 and up) will be required to show proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert date. Masks are also required for anyone over the age of 2, whether or not they have been vaccinated. More information: COVID-19 GUIDELINES.

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 or call 253.272.3663.
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!


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