season greetings from


Falling Man james maddalena 

Lara St. John

KENNETH FUCHS mimi stillman

New West Symphony

spartanburg philharmonic  orchestra  

world premiere

brass band of battle creek

Rich, Remarkable and Captivating
have best described Sarah Ioannides' 2011 Fall performances.  From somber tones commemorating the September 11th tragedy featuring the World Premiere of Kenneth Fuchs' Falling Man to holiday favorites with the renowned members of the Brass Band of Battle Creek,
Sarah Ioannides continues to lead orchestras and audiences into new artistic territory through distinguished and
innovative programming.

World Premiere
Kenneth Fuchs Falling Man
September 10

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
October 20

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
November 11, 12 and 13
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

Holidays with the Brass Band of Battle Creek
December 2, 3

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. 

A Message from


In wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season, I want to thank you for your support and interest in following my path as I endeavor to enrich and empower audiences through engaging symphonic experiences.
Also a big word of thanks to the leaders and managers in our field for your courage in forging new paths amidst continuing challenges to keep live performances at the heart of your community.
To those that make it financially possible for live orchestral music to exist in the modern world, I credit you for your vision, and to my fellow musicians -
it is your talent, dedication and passion for music that keeps the concert hall alive - thank you !

I leave you with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and often comes up short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. And who, if at best in the end, knows the triumph of higher treatment and high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his soul shall never be with those cold and timid ones, who know neither victory nor defeat.

Backstage with Sarah

Sarah and Mimi Stillman

Sarah, Lara St. John and Anthony McAllister

Sarah and Kenneth Fuchs

Upcoming Engagements

Buffalo Philharmonic
Louisville Orchestra
Charleston Symphony

Personal Direction
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