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Internationally Renowned Guest Conductor Sarah Ioannides To Lead Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Performance

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2022
David A. Crane, Executive Director
Internationally Renowned Guest Conductor Sarah Ioannides To Lead Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Performance

November 2, 2022 | Roanoke, Virginia

Hailed as one of the most inspiring and creative conductors of her generation, Sarah Ioannides will lead the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s highly anticipated Virtuoso Strings performance on November 12th and 13 th at Shaftman Performance Hall. Featuring William P. Parrish, Jr. on oboe, enchanted audiences are promised an inspirational journey from peaceful interludes to passionate exhilaration.

In her eighth season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, Ioannides’ time is in high demand. “The RSO was fortunate to secure Sarah for this limited engagement,” said David Crane, Executive Director of the Roanoke
Symphony Orchestra. “We had to compete with many renowned orchestras for a place on her schedule. ”We’re thrilled to be able to share these performances with our audiences.”

Ioannides has been lauded by the New York Times as a conductor with “magic” and “unquestionable strength and authority.” She was named by the Los Angeles Times as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass

Having worked with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Ioannides is an internationally active guest conductor. A zealous supporter of new music and multimedia artistic collaborations, Sarah has conducted over fifty premieres, including world premieres with the Royal Philharmonic, the Malmö Symphony and Nordic Chamber Orchestra. Stateside, her engagements include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Hawai’i Symphony and many, many more.

Tickets are still available for Ioannides’ Virtuoso Strings conducting performance featuring oboist William P. Parrish, Jrand the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra at


Saturday, November 12th at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 13th at 3:00PM
Shaftman Performance Hall 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke, VA

William P. Parrish, Jr., oboe | Sarah loannides, guest conductor
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Montgomery: Strum, George
Walker: Lyric for Strings, Elgar: Serande in E minor, Barber: Adagio for Strings, Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto,
Bartok: Romanian Dances.



Founded in 1953, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is the largest orchestra in Virginia west of Richmond, and the oldest continuously operating professional symphony in the state. Under the baton of Music Director & Conductor David Stewart, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra celebrates its mission to enrich lives, to educate, and to entertain diverse audiences in western Virginia with the highest quality instrumental and choral music. More can be found at