Cirque de la Symphonie to Make Chicago Debut with Chicago Philharmonic

The Chicago Philharmonic partners with Cirque de la Symphonie on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. to present a performance pairing beloved orchestral masterpieces with awe-inspiring cirque choreography. The Memorial Day Weekend performance at Harris Theater marks the globetrotting Cirque de la Symphonie's Chicago debut as well as the Chicago Philharmonic's first self-presented performance within Chicago city limits.

Cirque de la Symphonie's cast of Olympians and world-record-holders includes aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, and jugglers. The troupe performs exclusively with orchestras and has been met with sold-out crowds at venues from the Kennedy Center to the Sydney Opera House.

Musical selections will include Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Bizet's Carmen, Khachaturian's Gayaneh, and more as the cirque performs on stage with the orchestra.

The performance will be the first in the Chicago Philharmonic's new residency at the Harris Theater. The orchestra has been presenting a symphonic series in Evanston since its inception 26 years ago and has regularly collaborated in Chicago with other organizations such as the Joffrey Ballet and Salute to Vienna. However, this concert will be a milestone in that it is the orchestra's first self-presented concert in the city of Chicago. Additional concerts at the Harris Theater have already been announced for the 2016-17 season.

Chicago Philharmonic & Cirque de la Symphonie

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Scott Speck, Conductor

WILLIAMS: Main Title from Superman SAINT-SAE?NS: Danse Macabre
DE ABREU: Tico Tico No Fuba
BIZET: The Toreadores and Danse Boheme from Carmen STRAVINSKY: Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird KHACHATURIAN: Valse from Masquerade WILLIAMS: Flight to Neverland from Hook TCHAIKOVSKY: Danse des Cygnes from Swan Lake

Contact: Stefan Scherer-Emunds


WILLIAMS: Across the Stars from Star Wars Episode II KHACHATURIAN: Sabre Dance from Gayane RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Danse des Bouffons from The Snow Maiden OFFENBACH: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld MASSENET: Meditation from Thais TCHAIKOVSKY: Valse from Swan Lake

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