Tuesday, January 22, 2013
As part of the Pops Series for the 2012-13 Season, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will present three concerts featuring Cirque de la Symphonie on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The performances will be held at Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., in Charleston. The Saturday morning matinee will be a specially-priced, abbreviated, family-friendly performance.
Cirque de la Symphonie co-founders Alex Streltsov and Bill Allen created the concept of cirque paired with symphony in 1998 in a special PBS production with the Cincinnati Pops. An elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra, the program showcases many of the best aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen perfectly choreographed with classical masterpieces. These accomplished veterans include world record holders, gold-medal winners, Olympians, and some of the most original talent ever seen.
Classical music enthusiasts will find they enjoy the program’s mixture of the great composers and musical masterpieces of the past two hundred years. Music of Antonin Dvorák, Felix Mendelssohn and others, along with excerpts from George Bizet’s “Carmen” and Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” will be performed by the CSO and accompany the cirque artists’ feats. The CSO’s own concertmaster and acting artistic director, Yuriy Bekker, will conduct the performances.
Tickets for the evening concerts start at $24 for adults. Students aged 6-22 years may purchase evening concert tickets for $20, subject to availability. Tickets for the Saturday 11 a.m. concert start at $19 for adults and are $15 each for children 12 and under. Advance tickets may be purchased through the CSO website at CharlestonSymphony.org or by calling 843-723-7528, ext. 110. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as the evening concert tickets are limited availability. The evening Cirque de la Symphonie concerts are made possible in part by Associate Sponsor: Ilderton Contractors.