NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013

Back by popular demand! Cirque de la Symphonie's aerial artists, jugglers, strong men, illusionists, and more bring the magic of the circus to the Concert Hall. The San Francisco Examiner calls them "dazzling and elegant, if not death-defying!"

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High-flying fantasy soars once again over the Concert Hall with Cirque de la Symphonie--back by popular demand with the NSO Pops in an all-new program! Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen, and more perform astonishing feats uniquely choreographed to the music of Wagner, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Rossini, Sibelius, and others. As aerialists take flight above the stage, the NSO Pops provide plenty of orchestral suspense, turning the concert into an entertainment extravaganza. Get ready to enjoy your favorite music--and some of the most nail-biting circus acts you've ever seen--in a thrilling spectacle the San Francisco Examiner calls "dazzling and elegant if not death-defying!"

Performance Timing:  Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Program and Notes

Dmitri Shostakovich
Festive Overture, Op. 96
Aram Khachaturian
Suite No. 1 from Gayaneh
Dance of Ayshe
Arturo Marquez
Danzón No. 2
Leonard Bernstein
Overture to Candide
Aram Khachaturian
"Lesginka" from Gayaneh
La boutique fantasque
Tarantella (arr. Sargent)
Manuel De Falla
Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve
Camillle Saint-Saëns
"Bacchanale" from Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
Bedrich Smetana
Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride
Richard Wagner
"The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre
Manuel De Falla
"Ritual Fire Dance" from El amor brujo
Leo Delibes
Cortège de Bacchus from Sylvia

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