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|Cirque de la Symphonie Returns for a High-Flying Indoor Performance with the North Carolina Symphony|
|Posted: September 22, 2010|
Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie joins the North Carolina Symphony for a high-flying musical spectacle for the whole family, Oct. 1-3. The aerialists, acrobats, trapeze artists, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who make up the group, which last performed with the Symphony before a sold-out crowd during Summerfest 2009, bring their dynamic show indoors for a concert showcasing some of the finest music ever written.
Resident Conductor William Henry Curry leads this gravity-defying Pops performance at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, at 8:00 p.m. A special matinee performance takes place Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3:00 p.m.
Formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall, Cirque de la Symphonie’s exciting performances are specifically choreographed for every new space to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the conductor. October’s concerts feature award-winning aerialist Alexander Streltsov, seven-time acrobatic gymnastics national champion Christine Van Loo, Cirque du Soleil veteran Shana Lord and the captivating “Duo Design” balancing act by Jaroslaw Marciniak and Dariusz Wronski, among many other artists.
Symphony regulars won’t be wanting for great music, as the Symphony provides a perfect counterpoint to all the visual thrills with works ranging from the passionate Danse Bohème from Bizet’s Carmen to Saint-Saëns’s spooky Danse macabre and Wagner’s thunderous Ride of the Valkyries. Younger members of the audience will also enjoy familiar melodies such as the Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty (reinvented as the song “Once Upon a Dream” for Disney’s animated version of the fairy tale) or a selection from John Williams’s score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Regular tickets to this Fidelity Investments Pops Series performance featuring Cirque de la Symphonie range from $40 to $60, with a senior rate of $30. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
See photos and a video by WUNC-TV on Cirque de la Symphonie’s 2009 performance in the Symphony’s online Media Center.
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