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See the 2015-2016 Program Book below.
Featuring Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, harp! Principal harp of the Seattle Symphony, Valerie Muzzolini Gordon's beautiful expression is evident in every note. Choose from two performances - east or west of the Narrows Bridge - for this spellbinding program which includes Debussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale". Also: Alvars: Harp in G Minor, op. 81. Listening Sample: Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, The Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokowski, conductor Recorded December 8,…Find out more »
Featuring Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, harp! Principal harp of the Seattle Symphony, Valerie Muzzolini Gordon’s beautiful expression is evident in every note. Choose from two performances – east or west of the Narrows Bridge – for this spellbinding program which includes Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”. Also, Alvars: Harp in G Minor, op. 81 Listening Sample: Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, The Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokowski, conductor Recorded December 8, 1940…Find out more »
Ahoy! The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet is hitting the high seas and taking you with them! Join the crew of the mighty brass-beards for a sea-themed musical adventure. On this musical voyage, the brass quintet will search for musical treasures like timbre, pulse, dynamics, and range. The TSO Brass Quintet will perform a variety of tunes inspired by pirates, the sea, and Russian Sailors to name a few. Instrument Petting Zoo begins at 1:30pm!Find out more »
We present the rare and powerful Water Passion After St. Matthew by Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of J.S. Bach, the work features soloists, chorus, and water percussion: bowls and basins filled with water, manipulated by hand and amplified by contact microphones. Tan Dun’s music is a fascinating, refreshing blend of Western classical music and traditional Chinese ritual. Listening Sample: Tan Dun: Water Passion after Saint Matthew To support a convergence of Passion projects taking…Find out more »
More than 40 high school musicians from Tacoma Youth Symphony Association (TYSA) will perform side-by-side with a similar number of adult musicians from the Tacoma Symphony orchestra during a first-time-ever concert presented jointly by the two organizations! The program will include a student soloist from TYSA selected during its annual concerto competition. The student will perform several movements from a major orchestral concerto during the first half of the concert. Information on how to reserve seats will be announced in…Find out more »
This U.S. Premiere Production showcases the music of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Among the guest performers will be guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson, jazz violinist Ben Powell, and a specially-assembled gypsy jazz troupe that is scheduled to include former Northwest Sinfonietta conductor Christophe Chagnard! John Jorgenson, guitar Benjamin Powell, violin Neil Andersson, guitar Greg Ruby, guitar Christophe Chagnard, guitar Jon Hamar, bass Listening Sample: Stochelo Rosenberg: Symphonic Django More information on Symphonic Django HERE. …Find out more »
The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Percussion Quartet invites you to join them on a whirlwind tour of the percussion family! They will explore the elements of rhythm, timbre, and pulse. Listeners will be blown away by an assortment of instruments from around the world and have the opportunity to travel into the imagination of the percussion family. Be prepared for your TSO Percussion Quartet to entertain you and to wow you with their world tour! Instrument Petting Zoo begins at 1:30pm!Find out more »
Featuring Pepe Romero, guitar! “Pepe Romero makes his guitar talk!” (Los Angeles Times) “I heard and I wrote what I heard. I am the vessel through which the Rite passed.” (Igor Stravinsky) Listening Sample: Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Columbia Symphony Orchestra Recorded January, 1961 Subscribe to save seats! Single tickets are on sale now!Find out more »
Prokofiev's timeless favorite introduces the different instruments in the orchestra as characters in a classic Russian folk tale. Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have with a wolf that comes in from the meadow through the garden gate. Each character is represented by a different musical instrument or group of instruments. The piece specially features the Woodwind Family of instruments. Northwest…Find out more »