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Wheeling Symphony goes to the circus

January 19, 2012
Times Leader

WHEELING?- Back by popular demand, it will be the artistry of aerial flyers, jugglers, strongmen and balancers performing to magical music when Maestro Andre Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony host Cirque de la Symphonie Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling.

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. They first performed with the Wheeling Symphony in the 2008-2009 Season where they were received by a large enthusiastic and spellbound audience at WesBanco Arena.

This thrilling adaptation of cirque performances on a stage shared with the symphony showcases many of the best artists in the world, bedazzling the audience with aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These are among the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world. The artists are the best in the business at what they do, and they include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, and some of the most original talent seen anywhere. Each artist's performance is choreographed to the music that will be performed.

When the artists of Cirque de la Symphonie perform in front of the full orchestra, an incredible fusion of these two great art forms takes place. The aerialists and acrobats turn the concert into a three dimensional entertainment extravaganza, and the orchestra seems to play with enhanced enthusiasm. Veteran concert-goers and new patrons alike are thrilled by the exhilarating cirque performances combined with the majesty of a live symphony orchestra.

The concert is being sponsored by WesBanco. Media sponsor is WTRF-TV. Also, this performance is a Wheeling Symphony College Concert Series presented by Wheeling Jesuit University. This College Concert Series gives students from 10 area colleges the opportunity to attend at no cost thanks to WJU's generosity. In addition, faculty and staff at all 10 institutions of higher learning can receive half-price tickets to this performance.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at or at the WSO Box Office at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling or by calling 1-304-232-6191. Tickets start at just $13.50.

Performing at the Capitol Theatre with the WSO will be:

Alexander Streltsov is a Russian aerial artist who started working with famed cirque choreographer Pavel Brun and producer Valentin Gneushev when he was only twelve, performing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater. The same year he won the gold medal in the competition among international cirque artists at the prestigious Festival Mondial Du Cirque De L'Avenir in Paris. His combination of natural strength, artistic expression, and grace sets his performance apart from other aerialists. Also known as "Sasha," he has performed for three Russian presidents and the Bolshoi Ballet, numerous symphonies in the US and Europe, and elaborate theater and stage productions worldwide. He has made many television appearances, such as the star-studded ABC-TV special "Christopher Reeve- A Celebration of Hope" and the PBS nationwide broadcast of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Fourth of July Celebration. He continues be a favorite at music halls, where he soars out over the audience in a spectacular display of aerial artistry or performs his riveting spinning cube act.

The mind-boggling strength and agility of Jarek and Darek's "Duo Design" provides one of the most powerful acts to be included in Cirque de la Symphonie's captivating program. This dynamic and exciting balancing act consists of Jaroslaw Marciniak and Dariusz Wronski, former Polish national hand-balancing champions. They have competed and performed throughout Europe and the United States, winning championships in Evian, France and Sarasota, Florida. Over the past few years, these prolific performers have thrilled audiences at several NBA halftimes, Cirque du Soleil, Circus Circus, Busch Gardens, and the national tour of Cirque Ingenieux. Their Cirque de la Symphonie performances have left audiences stunned and amazed at music halls everywhere.

Aloysia Gavre is another incredible aerial performer from the Ecole National de Cirque, Montreal, with early training from Master Lu-Yi and the Pickle Family Circus School. Her aerial acrobatics and graceful maneuvers on the aerial hoop, suspended high above the stage, add three-dimensional excitement to the symphony and the music hall. Aloysia was the Special Prize Winner at the International Circus



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