Kenneth Fuchs Falling Man
Spartanburg Philharmonic Performs Moving Tribute to 9/11 Fallen Heroes
Paying tribute to national and local heroes through an eclectic selection of repertoire, the Spartanburg Philharmonic presented a World Premiere performance of Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Man featuring Metropolitan Opera baritone, James Maddalena. In addition, the program included the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and a choir of First Responders.
Taking a bow with composer Kenneth Fuchs and baritone James Maddalena following the world premiere of Falling Man by the Spartanburg Philharmonic on September 10, 2011. The work sets to music the prologue of Don DeLillo’s searing post-9/11 novel Falling Man, with a libretto by poet J.D. McClatchy.
"the orchestra and its music director, Sarah Ioannides, offered compelling proof of the value and importance of an orchestra. "
"Ioannides and this Philharmonic deserve celebration for their commitment to ensuring that this orchestra is ours, that it reflects and helps bind together the Spartanburg community."
Spartanburg Herald Journal September 12
Symphony News September 14
Choir of First Responders and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Multimedia and Mimi Stillman, flute
Spartanburg Phiharmonic Embraces Change, Thrives Artistically
Program: Haydn Symphony No.104 “London”, Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto, R.443, Borne Fantaisie brillante on Bizet's Carmen, Kodaly Dances of Galanta
"A large video screen hung behind the orchestra, and throughout the audience saw an intricately-intercut projection of the concert as viewed by four cameras...The orchestra, which had formerly been an anonymous, black-clad mass, is now a collection of individuals, and colorful sounds can be much more easily associated with the instruments that are making them."
"... the great classical tradition is taking root in a new generation of younger Americans..."
Spartanburg Herald Journal October 23
New West Symphony
Fire and Water with Lara St. John
New West's First Female Conductor Makes Her Debut
Guest conductor, violinist help push New West Symphony in new directions
Program included the West Coast premiere of the Matthew Hindson Violin Concerto, a piece earlier premiered and recorded by Ioannides and Lara St. John with the Royal PHilharmonic Orchestra. Also performed were Debusy La Mer and the Stravinsky Firebird Suite.
Sarah Ioannides and Lara St. John perform the Hindson Violin Concerto
“…fire burned bright in Stravinsky's vivid suite, which melded sharp bird moves with the extravagance of royal Russian life…"
"Ioannides chose a program that captivated the audience by combining contemporary classical music with treasures from the past. "
Ventura County Star, November 17, 2011
Addressing the audience with Wycliffe Gordon and Scott Hartman.
December's BBBC performances celebrated Ioannides' second re-invitation to conduct the BBBC, which included soloists Wycliffe Gordon, Rex Richardson and Jens Lindemann. The 31-member ensemble described as an All-Star band of the brass and percussion world’s elite, is recognized for its hybrid style making it truly unique among brass bands. Ioannides is featured on the last two CDs released by the BBBC.