Jaw-Dropping Holiday Fun—“A Cirque Christmas”—Stunning Fusion of Cirque Acts Synched to Beloved Holiday Music and Classical’s Finest Masterpieces
Pacific Symphony Pops takes the holiday season to startling new heights when the orchestra is joined by “Cirque de la Symphonie” for “A Cirque Christmas.” Holiday and Classical favorites soar along with aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen, as they perform death- and gravity-defying Cirque feats, live on stage and backed by the magical music styling of Pacific Symphony. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, this spectacular merger of two art forms mesmerizes Symphony audiences of all ages for a fourth time, as the internationally recognized and award-winning artists of “Cirque de la Symphonie” take to the air and push themselves to extremes.
“It’s sure to be an evening of great fun when Pacific Symphony accompanies performers of ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ (in the tradition of Cirque de Soleil), to create a unique experience for all ages,” says Maestro Kaufman. “I’ve always loved leading concerts that combine music and movement on stage. And I always enjoy conducting for the remarkable performers of ‘Cirque de la Symphonie.’ The orchestra will perform some of the most popular music in the classical and holiday repertoire, so the audience is in for quite a time—both audibly and visually. It’s the type of show in which everyone will use all their senses, and will come away with a feeling that they’ve experienced something very special!”
Kaufman leads the orchestra through stirring repertoire that includes Handel’s “Joy to the World,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Respighi’s “Tarantella” from “The Magic Toy Shop,” Waldteufel’s “The Skater’s Waltz,” Silvestri’s Suite from “The Polar Express,” Robert Wendel’s “Little Bolero Boy,” Ellington and Strayhorn’s selections from “Nutcracker Suite,” de Abreu’s “Tico-Tico no Fuba,” Delvyn Case’s “Rocket Sleigh,” Elfman’s End Title from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” plus these classical favorites: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers” from “The Snow Maiden,” Tchaikovsky’s “Russian Dance and “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker.”
“A Cirque Christmas” takes place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Beginning at 7 p.m., members of the Foothill High School Dickens Carolers provide pre-concert lobby entertainment. Tickets for this performance are $35-$165. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or Click Here.
“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.”