The Pacific Symphony Presents CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE, 5/1-3

The Pacific Symphony Presents CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE, 5/1-3

Music soars to stunning new heights along with aerial fliers and acrobats, when they (plus contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen) perform their death- and gravity-defying Cirque feats to popular classical masterpieces-all live, on stage and dramatically backed by a full orchestra for Pacific Symphony Pops. This jaw-dropping fusion of two art forms wows Symphony audiences of all ages for a third time, as the internationally recognized and award-winning artists of "Cirque de la Symphonie" take to the air and push themselves to the limit in a "spectacular event" that couples the "magical musical styling of Pacific Symphony" with the "playfulness of acrobats sharing the same stage," according to A Taste of Dawn Magazine in a review that followed a performance in April 2012.

Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the orchestra through stirring repertoire of audience favorites including John Williams' "Flight to Neverland" from the movie "Hook," Tchaikovsky's Waltz from "Swan Lake," scores from Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" and Camille Saint-Saëns' "Baccanale" from "Samson and Delilah" and "Danse Macabre," among other classical pieces. "Cirque de la Symphonie" dazzles Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $25- $160; for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

"I've always loved leading concerts that combine music and movement on stage," says Maestro Kaufman. "This is my first opportunity conducting for the remarkable performers of 'Cirque de la Symphonie' and I am especially excited to experience their fantastic talents and unique presentation. The orchestra will perform some of the most popular music in the classical repertoire, and I know the audience is in for quite a time-both audibly and visually. It's the type of show in which the audience will use all their senses, and will come away with a feeling that they've experienced something very special!"

The program also includes Julius Fucik's "Entrance of the Gladiators," Antonin Dvorák's Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C Major, Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia," Ottorino Respighi's "Tarantella" from "La Boutique Fantasque (The Fantastic Toy Shop)," selections from Manuel de Falla's "La Vida Breve" and "El Amor Brujo," and pieces from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" and "The Snow Maiden."

"One doesn't usually hear gasps, oohs and aahs from a symphony orchestra audience, but then one doesn't usually see a woman dangling by her feet from a hoop that swings high above the lip of the stage as an orchestra plays," said Elaine Schmidt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The aerial acts are breathtaking, with performers working high above the stage without nets or wires. The tumbling, juggling and strong man acts, which take place on the stage in front of the orchestra, are equally gripping and polished."

"Cirque de la Symphonie" combines the extraordinary talents and extended experience of its performers: Alexander Streltsov, Christine Van Loo, Jarek and Darek's "Duo Design," Aloysia Gavre, Vladimir Tsarkov, Irina Burdetsky, Sagiv Ben Binyamin, Elena Tsarkova and Le Petit Cirque Trio, including Lili Dong, Nate Nordine and Celeste Copeland.

Streltsov, a Russian aerial artist, began working with future Cirque du Soleil

choreographer Payel Brun when he was only 12. He has performed for three Russian presidents and the Bolshoi Ballet, as well as the star-studded ABC-TV special "Christopher Reeve-A Celebration of Hope" and the PBS nationwide broadcast of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's July 4 celebration.


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