Ioannides’s final Spartanburg Philharmonic season, paying homage to U.S. connections

Posted on: October 14, 2016

On Saturday, “Sarah Ioannides will kick off her final season with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra by using music she used in the first symphony she ever conducted,” writes Leena Dbouk in Thursday’s (10/13) Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.). Ioannides, who is also music director of the Tacoma Symphony in Washington State, will lead the Spartanburg Philharmonic in Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, and Kenneth Fuchs’s Piano Concerto, with soloist Jeffrey Biegel. “Though Ioannides is excited about the season, it also is bittersweet for her.… ‘This is the first of our concerts this season and I feel as excited about it as the first concert I performed with this orchestra,’ she said.” Ioannides, who was born in Australia and raised in Great Britain, stated, “In this program, I am honoring both great American music and the first symphony I ever conducted with symphony orchestra—a work that also brought me to the United States in 1996 on a Fulbright Scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music. Brahms Symphony No. 1 is … a work that I have wished to conduct with Spartanburg Philharmonic since both are very close to my heart.”

Posted October 14, 2016