MPO and Cirque de la Symphonie’s audio visual treat

Cirque de la Symphonie is back to perform with the MPO tomorrow at 8.30pm and on Sunday at 3.00pm at the DFP, KLCC

by TMR/ pic credit: DFP/MPO

The concerts will be led by Korean-American conductor Chang, who has also worked with many renowned orchestras such as the Cincinnati Pops and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others

THOSE who have a huge interest in classical music, yet with very limited attention span and in need of visual assistance to remain invigorated in a concert hall, listen up! Cirque de la Symphonie (picture; above) — the touring circus troupe based in Athens, Georgia, that was first incorporated in 2005 by William H Allen and Alexander Streltsov — is back in Kuala Lumpur (KL) for another round of collaboration with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) for a couple of shows at the Dewan Filharmonik Orkestra (DFP).

The troupe performed in KL twice in 2015 and 2018 for a couple of successful collaborations with the MPO, held at the prestigious DFP, KLCC.

It was an eye opener for many, while quite a number of enthusiasts of the arts also lamented that they missed the troupe’s performances that involved a variety of minimalist contemporary circus acts which synchronised with the music of a live symphony orchestra.

Before the cynics could raise their eyebrows, let it be known too that reception to the Cirque has been positive, both commercially and critically, with shows typically selling out and being positively reviewed by critics.

Apparently, circus acts, which are always a huge draw all over the world, become a fine spectacle when they are performed in a philharmonic hall.

Cirque de la Symphonie — which performs exclusively with live symphony orchestras, with circus acts synced to the orchestra’s music — has so far been brought to over 100 countries, including Malaysia.

The intent of Cirque de la Symphonie’s performance is to add an additional dimension to the music by providing a visual element choreographed with the music, thereby enhancing both.

The orchestra always performs on stage with the acrobats, never in an orchestra pit, which makes the whole event even more grand and spectacular.

The troupe’s performance in KL in 2018 included aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. The talented group of seven, mostly of Russian heritage, were also former Olympians, world record holders and gold medal winners of international competitions.

Cirque de la Symphonie is back to perform with the MPO tomorrow (Feb 8) at 8.30pm and on Sunday (Feb 9) at 3.00pm at the DFP.

This time around, the troupe will once again mesmerise the audience with a plethora of exciting performances by its aerial flyers, acrobats, strongmen and jugglers.

The performance will also be a special treat as the Cirque will also feature a “live” violin aerialist whose performances could easily surely put the audience at the edge of their seats. The musical performances will be devoted almost entirely to music from film scores, all originally composed for symphony orchestra.

Among the music that will be featured are James Horner’s “Theme from Avatar”, John William’s “Superman” theme, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” and Hans Zimmer’s “Music from Gladiator”.

The concerts will be led by Korean-American conductor Gene Chang, who was formerly the assistant and associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Chang has also worked with many renowned orchestras such as the Cincinnati Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Louisiana, Savannah and Seoul Philharmonics.

He returns to the DFP’s podium after his appearance last year for the MPO’s “Emily Saves the Orchestra” concerts.

For more information, kindly visit http:// mpo.com.my/07-cirque-de-la-symphonie/. You can also view snippets of the rehearsal at the MPO’s Facebook page. Tickets for Cirque de la Symphonie with the MPO are priced at RM141 (C Reserve), RM198 (B Reserve), RM254 (A Reserve) and RM358 (Premium).

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