IN TUNE: Jugglers, Contortionists and Aerialist, Oh My!

2013-09-15T08:30:00Z IN TUNE: Jugglers, Contortionists and Aerialist, Oh My!By Kirk Muspratt Special to The Times
September 15, 2013 8:30 am  • 

I was wondering the other night what Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz would have thought of our upcoming concert CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE! No, there will not be any animals per se in our circus, but there will be lots of other eye-popping acts that would have tickled Dorothy’s imagination.

Is it possible for a person to control 18 hula hoops at one time while matching all of this to the music of our symphony?

Is it possible for two aerial artists to be yards above the stage, on silk ribbons and not fall on the conductor?

How is it possible to juggle glow balls, hoops and pins at the same time and coordinate this all perfectly with the smokin' hot music from Carmen?

In doing research regarding Cirque de la Symphonie over the past years, I think that the two things that truly swayed me were the reviews and the "concert for everyone" appeal of this act. With the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cirque did three performances, they were all sold out, and people were left at the door waiting for tickets on each of the three nights. With the Seattle Symphony the reviewer used phrases like "the world class performers achieved the seemingly impossible," and “they completely captured the rapt attention of the crowd — a crowd that simply could not have been more pleased." One reviewer in Australia commented, "The aerialists, contortionists and mimists of this world class show brought our pops concerts to new boundaries of excitement and joy."

Indeed, these are world class performers who have created this show for audiences throughout Europe, Australia and North America and have performed with some of the biggest and best orchestras.

The second thing that I noted in looking through the comments of patrons online is that this concert seemed exactly to be our kind of concert. Our symphony looks at all times to be in harmony with what you are enjoying and what seems to completely "hook up" with you.

We want to provide a variety of wonderful music with a vision to keep you always happily surprised and always engaged.

This concert can be for anyone. I know one family in Griffith who usually does not attend our concerts but Gramma and Grampa are bringing their 5-year-old grandson. It will be his very first concert, and I bet that he'll remember it, eh?! The concert is going to certainly be fun!

However, it is also going to be wonderfully classy, with excellent music by the likes of Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss, Bizet, Mendelssohn and Bernstein to name but a few. (All the pieces are very short.) Plus, we are going to play things like Harry Potter, too!

We hope that you will join us for our opening concert of the season and be part of live music and entertainment, with gifted live performers from the strongman to the flutist. A good time will be had by all!

FYI: The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie, Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Contortionist, jugglers and aerial artists will perform in, around and even above the orchestra to classical and modern favorite pieces. Tickets are $25-$65 and students are always $10. This concert is generously presented by Indiana University Northwest.

Opinions are solely those of the writer's. Kirk Muspratt is the conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Muspratt's column is an occasional feature during symphony season.

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