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Tacoma Symphony single tickets on sale July 7 for new director’s season

Single tickets for the Tacoma Symphony’s 2014-15 season – their first with brand-new music director Sarah Ioannides – go on sale July 7. The season includes soloists like percussion superstar Evelyn Glennie on opening night, violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Amit Peled, plus an extra "Messiah" performance in Gig Harbor, an Irish Pops program and a concerto world premiere by Australian composer Sean O’Boyle.

"We’ve sold more subscriptions than usual," says executive director Andy Buelow. "We’re already at 75 per cent of goal – we’ve never been there this early before."

Buelow anticipates an initial boost for single ticket sales, also.

Ioannides, a British conductor who replaces former 20-year director Harvey Felder, was chosen out of hundreds of initial applicants and a final four candidates for the post, after one year of audition concerts. She’ll arrive in Tacoma in September, and divide her time between the TSO position and her current one as music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The Tacoma Symphony’s season opens on Oct. 25 with a concert of Ravel, Debussy, Respighi and Evelyn Glennie playing the world premiere of Sean O’Boyle’s percussion concerto "Portraits of Immortal Love." Tickets start at $12 for students and range from $19-$80 for adults. 800-291-7593,,