BY MARY KAY SWEIKAR
The high-flying aerialists and acrobats of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie will perform for the first time with the Danville Symphony Orchestra on April 20 at the David S. Palmer Arena.
“This is the first time that the DSO has invited the public to join us for a gala performance, and this one promises to be the most spectacular ever,” said Sandi Wood, general chair of the event. “We hope that the bleachers are filled with families and children, and there’s not a bad seat in the arena.”
Cirque de la Symphonie will bring the magic of Cirque to the Palmer Arena with an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas around the world. Featured in this 45-minute performance will be Cirque artists, including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers extraordinaire, and strongmen — all of whom are among the best in the business. Some of them are world record holders, gold medal winners of international competitions who possess some of the most original talent seen anywhere.
Each artist’s performance will be professionally choreographed to familiar classical and popular music selections in collaboration with orchestra Maestro Jeremy Swerling.
“I’ve seen six different Cirque performances, and it was a jaw-dropping experience for me every time,” Wood added. “It’s always a mesmerizing display of what the human body can do, and it will give everyone a chance to hear DSO music and tunes that you will recognize and enjoy.”
While the Cirque artists perform awe-inspiring feats, the DSO musicians will accompany them with some favorite popular musical selections, including John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare Theme,” Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” Leroy Andersons’s “Bugler’s Holiday,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” Shifrin’s “Mission Impossible Theme,” and Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Delilah Danse Bacchanale.”
Swerling said, “Being able to invite the entire community to our biennial gala fundraiser makes it even better, because anyone can come and enjoy the performance while contributing to the long-term health of the orchestra. I really hope that a lot of people will bring their friends and family to this exciting and unique performance.”
The biannual Symphony Gala will be held in conjunction with the Cirque de la Symphonie. Tickets cost $125 per person. Included will be a cocktail hour, the Cirque de la Symphonie performance, dinner, and a silent and live auction. Money raised will help support the DSO for two years.
Those who purchase gala tickets should arrive at 5 p.m. to preview silent and live auction items, and to socialize.
Gala tickets are still available at $125 per guest by calling the symphony office at 443-5300.
Doors to the Cirque de la Symphonie open at 5:30 p.m. April 20 and the performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the David S. Palmer Arena box office, by phone at 431-2424, or online at http://palmerarena.com/arena/events.
Tickets for the gala before the show are still available at $125 per guest by calling the symphony office at 443-5300.