Cirque de la Symphonie to Join NJ Symphony for Acrobatic Program, 6/7-8
Cirque's troupe of exceptional artists-aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen-will perform on stage as the Orchestra performs classical favorites, including music from Bizet's Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite, Kabalevsky's The Comedians and John Williams' score from Superman. NJSO Music Director Jacques Lacombe conducts.
Performances take place on Saturday, June 7, (8 pm) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Sunday, June 8, (3 pm) at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. The June 8 performance is presented in collaboration with the State Theatre.
The Seattle Times has praised Cirque de la Symphonie's "every breathtaking feat of strength and agility," writing that "a symphony orchestra has a lot in common with circus acts. Both involve developing and maintaining suspense. Both involve spectacle and modulating emotional pitch, capturing the rapt attention of an audience willing to surrender to every nuance or peak ... The clearest sign that 'Cirque' was working was in the way kids in the audience were just as absorbed by the stand-alone musical portions of the program as they were by the ones featuring the performers."