Symphony Tacoma closes its 75th anniversary season with a Mozart-inspired concert of hope – The Suburban Times

Announcement of Symphony Tacoma.

Tacoma, WA— Symphony Tacoma will present the final performance of its 75th anniversary season with the premiere of Eternal Light 2.0the second production of the Symphony Orchestra’s innovative community youth project, followed by a performance of by Mozart Requiem. The concert will take place on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at University Place Presbyterian Church (8101 27th Street West, University Place, WA 98466).

Music and Artwork by Tacoma Youth
Sarah Ioannides, producer
Kim Scharnberg, co-producer & orchestration
Film by Fernanda Films

eternal lightis a multi-arts community project for young people that emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many orchestras, Symphony Tacoma has turned to online programming as a way to deliver music during lockdown. “I wanted to offer a unique piece to our community that would lift spirits and celebrate the fusion of art, music and language,” said music director Sarah Ioannides, who conceived and produced the program.

Inspired by Lux Aeterna, an uplifting movement by Mozart Requiem, the Symphony Orchestra has called on local students to submit original music, lyrics, drawings and poetry reflecting their interpretation of “eternal light” or whatever has inspired them during the times. difficult. With the help of a professional film production team, the first eternal light The production was released on Symphony Tacoma’s YouTube channel in February 2021.

For the 2022 project, the Symphony Orchestra received 14 musical compositions and nearly 40 works of art from local young people aged 8 to 18. Ioannides worked with co-producer Kim Scharnberg to orchestrate the works and Fernanda Films to weave the artworks into an audio and visual “music gallery”. ” which will be synchronized with the music of the performance. Unlike 2021, six of this year’s young artists will perform live with the professional musicians of the Symphony Orchestra as well as participants from the Alleluia Singers of University Place Presbyterian Church (Diana Greene, director).

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In addition to original visual art submissions, Curtis Junior High School art class students created drawings and paintings for the project. CJHS art teacher Shannon Brennan and Ioannides shared the new music with students to help them visualize sound and translate it into their works. Students also found inspiration in Imagine Van Gogh multimedia exhibit at the Tacoma Armory during a private screening and photo opportunity.

Eternal Light 2.0 consists of two parts. In the first, two young pianists, Ben Cifka Herrera and Leland Mills, will perform their pieces “A Spark in the Dark” and “Bluebird” with symphonic musicians. Part two features “Sunflower,” a song written by Keianna South and Karl Hartman, along with music by Ben Pellandini, Brannon Warn Johnston, Gloria Sung, and live improvisation by Elsa Hartman, among others. Digital versions of the visual art will be carefully synchronized with the music and projected onto screens, providing the audience with a truly multi-sensory experience.

“Building on Symphony Tacoma’s aspiration to engage our community and share great music, we have intertwined student creations into a single message of hope and happiness. The result is optimistic and modern, expressive and accessible! said Ioannides.

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Tacoma Symphony
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Symphony Tacoma Voices (Geoffrey Boers, director)
Allison Pohl, soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano
Brendan Tuohy, tenor
Barry Johnson, bass

For the second half of the concert, Symphony Tacoma and the Symphony Tacoma Voices choir will perform Mozart’s final composition, Requiem. Allison Pohl, Laurel Semerdjian, Brendan Tuohy and Barry Johnson will lend their voices as featured soloists.

The unique circumstances surrounding the Requiem composition cast a shroud of mystery over it that has endured for centuries. A few weeks before his death in 1791, Mozart was reportedly approached by a “stranger dressed in grey” who represented an anonymous patron who wanted to commission a requiem mass for his recently deceased wife. Years later, this patron was identified as Count Franz von Wazlsegg-Stuppach, an amateur musician who wished to be considered a major composer and pass off this work as his own.

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When he started working on the Requiem, Mozart was already terminally ill and parts of the composition were written while he was on his deathbed. After his death and fearing that the commissioner would demand reimbursement for the incomplete composition, Mozart’s widow asked for help from Franz Süssmayr, a former pupil of Mozart, to complete it. Süssmayr was familiar with the piece, having discussed the instrumentation and played the completed parts several times with Mozart.

Of the twelve movements, Mozart had completed only the opening Kyrie in its entirety. He had written the vocal parts and a figured bass line for most of the others, leaving only the orchestration for which he had clearly stated his intentions. These movements are therefore widely regarded as essentially the work of the master. Süssmayr completed the Lacrymosa and the last three movements, as Mozart was unable to approach them before his death.

Over the past 50 years, several composers and performers have sought to enhance Süssmayr’s efforts. Regardless of his dubious origin, Mozart Requiem is considered one of the most beloved and moving choral works of all time.

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This concert is sponsored by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Pacific Northwest Eye Associates, One Stop Dentistry and Tacoma Creates. Tickets ($30 for general admission and $48 for reserved seating) are available at the Symphony Tacoma box office at 253-272-7264 ext. 1 or at

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