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My first season as Music Director has been a deep delight.  A special joy has been getting to know you, the Tacoma Symphony’s community of patrons and supporters, and of course the beautiful Puget Sound region!  Thank you for making me and my family welcome.

I also want to thank you for supporting the Orchestra and me in the beginning weeks and months of our artistic relationship.  It has been wonderful for us to feel the energy of the audience from the stage! Your excitement and enjoyment feeds and empowers us, enabling us to give back even more at every concert.

Your support not only translates into new and exciting events in the concert hall, but also fuels the TSO’s expanding presence in the community. We are committed to providing access to music for all people through our education and engagement programs, and in expanding performances opportunities throughout the greater Tacoma region.

Tacoma’s visible skyline is made up of buildings of bricks and mortar… but it has an invisible skyline too.  The TSO is not made of bricks and mortar but of people:  musicians, donors, patrons and volunteers.  Together, we have an important role to play in building our city’s invisible skyline.  I am honored to partner with the Orchestra and each of you in this joyous task!
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September 2015
28-$75

Patti LaBelle with Tacoma Symphony

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Washington State Fair,
110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, United States
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Patti LaBelle has been called the Godmother of Soul for good reason, with #1 hits including “Lady Marmalade,” “On My Own” sung with Michael MacDonald, “If Only You Knew,” and “Come What May.” The R&B diva who has sold over 50 million records worldwide will take the stage with The Tacoma Symphony at the Washington State Fair this September. While most fans think of Patti LaBelle competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s 20th season of Dancing with the…

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October 2015
$175; tables available at various sizes and prices

Pictures at an Exhibition Season Opening Spectacular Gala

October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tacoma Art Museum,
1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
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Plan to break the long, dry spell of the off-season by celebrating Symphony-style!  Be one of the few treated to an exclusive piano performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by “Monsieur 100,000 volts” himself, Andreas Boyde! Enjoy a Northwest feast and regional wines. Best of all, take this special opportunity to raise your glass to the future of our community with music at its core!  Call for tickets: 253.272.7264.

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$12 & up!

Russian Season Opening

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Pantages Theater

Featuring: Andreas Boyde, piano.  Known throughout the music world as “Monsieur 100,000 volts,” superstar pianist Andreas Boyde is one of the only living pianists prepared to tackle Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard, fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto No. 2.  Also on the program, Prokofiev’s Russian Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition! Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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November 2015
$12 & up!

Sibelius & Mendelssohn

November 22 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Pantages Theater

Featuring Caroline Goulding, violin.  “Goulding knows how to make a violin sing… a delight to watch and mesmerizing to hear.”  (Idaho Statesman).  Concert programming includes Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation”. Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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December 2015
$12 & up!

Sounds of the Season

December 6 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Pantages Theater

The excellent Tacoma Youth Chorus returns for our annual potpourri of seasonal delights!  Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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$25 & $45

Messiah – Gig Harbor

December 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church,
Gig Harbor,
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Chorus Director Geoffrey Boers returns to lead Handel’s Messiah – in two locations!

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$25 & $45

Messiah – Tacoma

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Charles Borromeo,
7112 S 12th St , Tacoma, WA 98465 United States
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Chorus Director Geoffrey Boers returns to lead Handel’s Messiah – in two locations!

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February 2016
$12 & up!

Debussy & Beethoven – Gig Harbor

February 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church,
Gig Harbor,
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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”.  Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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$12 & up!

Debussy & Beethoven – Tacoma

February 28, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Rialto Theater,
310 S. 9th Street, Tacoma,
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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”.  Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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March 2016
$12 & up!

Water Passion After St. Matthew

March 20, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Pantages Theater

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.  Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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April 2016
$12 & up!

Symphonic Django

April 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Pantages Theater

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 include former Northwest Sinfonietta conductor Christophe Chagnard!  Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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May 2016
$12 & up!

Rodrigo & Stravinsky

May 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Pantages Theater

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) Subscribe to save seats!  Single tickets go on sale July 1, 2015.

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