Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie

Concert Recap

The Cirque performers dazzled the crowds at our first Pops performance of the season! Yuriy Bekker conducted the CSO in masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Bernstein, John Williams and more while aerialists, jugglers, balancers, contortionists, and magicians amazed and delighted the audiences.

Children enjoyed pre-show jugglers and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League's Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby before the concert.

Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere. Artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces in collaboration with the maestro.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Festive Overture, Op. 96

John Williams (b. 1932)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: “Harry’s Wondrous World”

JohnKander (b. 1927)
Chicago: “All That Jazz”

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Carmen: “Les Toreadors” and“Danse Boheme”

Bedřic Smetana (1824-1884)
The Bartered Bride: “Dance of the Comedians”

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Sleeping Beauty: “Valse”

John Williams (b. 1932)
Hook: “Flight to Neverland”

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Swan Lake: “Danse des cygnes”

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Candide: Overture

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Guyana: “Sabre Dance”

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
The Snow Maiden: “Danse des Bouffons”

Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899)
Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324