Live: Cirque de la Symphonie & the Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, 8/13/10
What do you get when you combine one of the best classical music orchestras around with the Cirque de la Symphonie performing overhead?
We’re talking high-wire stuff with no safety net in sight. One wrong move, and a Stradivarius or two might end up in the garbage heap.
No need to worry – no cellos or other instruments were damaged during the performance.
Whether it was a jester adding comic relief on stage or a young woman dangling by one ankle high above the bassoons, it was an electrifying evening of stunning feats of great physical and artistic panache – all accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Rossen Milanov.
Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Bizet, Glinka and Tchaikovsky were among the composers whose music was performed to propel and inspire the circus artists to greater heights before an adoring and enthusiastic audience.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk