Symphony Tacoma and community college students join for Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Posted on: November 1, 2019

“On October 19th, Sarah Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma performed music from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet [at] the Pantages Theater of downtown Tacoma,” writes John Falskow in Thursday’s (10/31) South Sound Magazine (Tacoma, WA). Falskow is interim dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Tacoma Community College. “This performance was a unique collaboration for our community—including not only the full symphony orchestra, but also actors and students from Tacoma’s School of the Arts [public high school]. This performance was a fantastic experience that blended drama and orchestra into a touching and profound live performance experience.… As the music was performed the characters from the play would walk in front of the orchestra, behind them, and even … into the orchestra.… This was a modern, creative staging…. The School of the Arts actors were touching and sincere in bringing the characters to life…. Believable excitement, nervousness, passion and romance all [were] delivered through Prokofiev’s music, Symphony Tacoma’s artistry, and words from Shakespeare.… Symphony Tacoma musicians played … with precision and flare…. This orchestra is playing at a very high level…. The teamwork and creativity … provided a unique and profound shared experience in the performing arts.”

Posted November 1, 2019