Audiences will experience “Cirque de la Symphonie” along with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts.
Picture an aerialist flying out over the audience, acrobats suspended from silk fabric, the wizardry of jugglers and magicians, the strength and flexibility of the strongmen and contortionist. Now picture this in a concert hall as you are surrounded by the magnificent sounds of the live orchestra on stage.
“Cirque de la Symphonie” is a unique and exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra, adapting the stunning performances of cirque artists with the majesty of the full symphony orchestra. “Cirque de la Symphonie” performs with orchestras worldwide showcasing some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs including world record holders, gold-medal winners, Olympians, and some of the most original talent ever seen.
Specifically selected for this concert are Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture,” Bizet’s “Music from Carmen,” Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance,” Charbrier’s “Espana,” Ravel’s Bolero, De Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance,” Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” Tchakiovsky’s “Music from Swan Lake,” and Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 6.”
“This is the ultimate concert to introduce young people to orchestral music,” said Symphony Board President Dean McVay and that “We especially chose this collaboration as part of our season because of the unique ability of this concert to connect with audience members of all ages and musical familiarity. We expect something magical to happen when these cirque veterans take the stage in front of our wonderful Orchestra.
Major funding for “Cirque de la Symphonie” is brought to you by the San Manual Band of Mission Indians.
The Feb. 22 concert is the fourth of six major performances scheduled for the Symphony’s 91st season. A March 15., 3p.m. matinee will highlight works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Grieg, including a solo performance of Mozart’s “Bassoon Concerto” by Maestro Parnther. The season will close May 2 at 7:30 p.m. with “From Stage to Screen,” a tribute to the golden age of Hollywood with movie scores from Bernard Hermann and a tribute to Judy Garland by Emmy-nominated vocalist Angela Ingersoll.
All of this season’s concerts will all be held at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th Street in San Bernardino.
Concert tickets ⎯ including a money saving “Select Three” option ⎯ are currently on sale and may be purchased at sanbernardinosymphony.org or by calling (909) 381-5388.
Students and active military tickets are just $15. General admission tickets are $30, $45, $55, and $65.