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Symphony Notes Take Flight with Cirque de la Symphonie

January 22, 2019



Symphony Notes Take Flight with Cirque de la Symphonie
Symphony Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie
Saturday, February 2 at 8pm
Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

January 22, 2019 – Richmond, Virginia: Prepare to be amazed as the Richmond Symphony presents Symphony Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie on Saturday, February 2nd at 8pm in the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Led by Guest Conductor Benjamin Rous, symphony notes will take flight accompanying Cirque artists, astounding all who come to see. The visual spectacle presented by talented cirque artists, paired with the sensational musical talent of Richmond Symphony musicians is sure to thrill and delight audience members of all ages.

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of Cirque to the music hall in an unforgettable fusion of art forms. For more than 10 years, it has thrilled and dazzled veteran concert goers and new patrons as they see accomplished aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen perform to live symphony music. Performers include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians, and some of the most experienced Cirque talent ever seen.

Admired for his dynamism on the podium, Guest Conductor Benjamin Rous was named Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony in the fall of 2017, and simultaneously joined the UVA music faculty. In 2018 he concluded an eight-year tenure as Resident Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted a broad range of Classics, Pops, and ballet performances, and created the new multimedia VSO @ Roper series. An accomplished instrumentalist, Rous has concertized extensively on violin, viola, and keyboard instruments. Rous studied music at Harvard with an emphasis on composition, graduating with highest honors.

The evening’s program will include classical works from composers including Dvořák, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky interspersed with contemporary works from John Williams and others.

Purchase your tickets before they fly away! Don’t miss your chance to see Cirque de la Symphonie on Saturday, February 2nd at 8pm in the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online at richmondsymphony.com or by calling 1.800.514.ETIX.

The media sponsor is Style Weekly.

Benjamin Rous, Conductor bio
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Richmond Symphony
Cirque de la Symphonie
           Ben Rous, Conductor          


Carnival Overture, Opus 92


 ABREU / arr. Carmen Dragon

Tico Tico No Fubá

     Vladimir & Elena Tsarkov – Quick Change




Danse macabre, Opus 40

     Christine Van Loo – Aerial Rope


 BIZET / arr. Hoffman


Danse Bohême  from Carmen

     Vladimir Tsarkov – Ring Juggling




Clair de Lune

     Alexandra Pivaral – Contortion/Dance




Hot Time Dance

     Vitalii Buza – Wheel Act



“The Asteroid Field” from The Star Wars Saga



“Flight to Neverland” from Hook

      Pavel Korshunov – Aerial Straps







“Dance of the Swans” from Swan Lake: Suite, Opus 20a

     Vladimir & Elena Tsarkov – Magic Act




Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla




“Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo

     Alexander Pivaral – Hula hoops




“Galop” from The Comedians, Opus 26

     Vladimir Tsarkov – Electric Juggler




Thunder and Lightning Polka, Opus 324



“Across the Stars”  from Star Wars: Episode II

     Vitalii Buza & Christine Van Loo – Aerial Duo on Silks




Orpheus In The Underworld: Galop (Can-can)

     Elena Tsarkova – Ribbon Dance




Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)

III. Infernal Dance of King Kastchei

IV. Berceuse

V. Finale

Vitaliy Prikhodko & Pavel Korshunov — Strongmen



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About the Richmond Symphony

Kicking off its 61st Season in September 2018, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Symphony also provides educational outreach programs to over 55,000 students and teachers each year. The Symphony was recently named one of 21 American orchestras selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.richmondsymphony.com for more information.



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