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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Media Contact:
Hilarie Ashton | Public Relations Manager
hashton@usuo.org | (801)869-9027
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Symphony and Assistant Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic will accompany the daredevils of Cirque de la Symphonie as they return to Utah for a unique and entertaining holiday celebration performance.

“Holiday Celebration with Cirque de la Symphonie” will feature the troupe of contortionists, acrobats, aerial flyers, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen performing to a set of symphonic holiday music favorites, Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple).
The energy between the two art forms will enhance the excitement of the other for an evening fit for the entire family.

Musical selections will include Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival” along with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snow Maiden” and the John Williams’ original  “Harry Potter” film score.

Tickets for the evening performances range from $$27 to $58 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office or by visiting www.usuo.org. Students can purchase discounted tickets with a student ID. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

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About Cirque de la Symphonie
An exciting new production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances witnessed anywhere, and it showcases many of the best artists in the world. The audience is thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These are some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs from across the globe. They include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared with the symphony, and each artist’s performance is choreographed to the music arrangement provided by the maestro. 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 and the majesty of the live symphony orchestra.

Alexander Streltsov is a Russian aerial artist who started working with future Cirque du Soleil choreographer Pavel Brun and famed producer Valentin Gneushev when he was only twelve, performing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater. The same year he won the gold medal 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.

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.

Vladimir Tsarkov provides a spell-binding performance with combinations of mime and juggling feats. A favorite of the younger members of the audiences, Vladimir’s Red Harlequin act features rings, balls, and batons, and he’s even been known to teach the maestro a trick or two! He is a veteran of Circus Circus, Cirque Ingenieux, and various Cirque de la Symphonie performances. Vladimir graduated from Russia’s prestigious State College of Circus and Theater Arts and won the gold medal at the Cirque de Demain International Festival in France. His performance with the symphony is pure entertainment and guaranteed to please audiences of all ages.

Aloysia Gavre is an 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 Festival in Monte Carlo. A veteran of stage and theater performances worldwide, Aloysia is best known as a veteran of Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” and “O.” Her five years with Quidam established her as one of the best aerial artists in the world, and today she shares that experience with others as choreographer for Cirque Mechanics and Troupe Vertigo and as director of Cirque School in Los Angeles. Aloysia’s regular performances with Cirque de la Symphonie and live orchestras take aerial acrobatics to a new level.

Elena Tsarkova, the “Lady in White,” is a graduate of the famed Moscow Circus School and first-place winner of the prestigious National Russian Circus Festival.  From her “Master of Sports” in gymnastics, Elena developed into a unique and graceful performer with the Big Apple Circus, Switzerland’s Circus Knie, and Germany’s Circus Roncalli. Her combination of contortion, balance, and graceful dance moves has made her a major star with Cirque de la Mur in Florida and Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Elena’s experience with many major stage and theater productions offers a professional background that allows for a truly unforgettable performance with the live symphony. The “Lady in White” provides an elegant touch to Cirque de la Symphonie.

Christine Van Loo is a 7-time consecutive National Champion, Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the Decade in acrobatic gymnastics. She was inducted into the USSA (acro-gymnastics) Hall of Fame and the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor. As a professional aerialist and acrobat she has performed in the 2002 Winter Olympics, at two Grammy Awards (with No Doubt and with Ricky Martin), at the American Music Awards (with Aerosmith), the Miss Universe pageant, and Paul McCartney's European tour. She choreographed the aerials for Britney Spears World Tour and the Stars on Ice US tour. Christine provides spell-binding performances of static silks, aerial hoop, and duo trapeze with Cirque de la Symphonie.

Leroy Anderson                                     A Christmas Festival

Leroy Anderson                                     Sleigh Ride
Vladimir Tsarkov – Juggling Rings

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov                        “Danse des Bouffons” from The Snow Maiden
Vladimir & Elena – Quick Change

John Williams                                        “Harry’s Wondrous World”
from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Christine Van Loo – Aerial Silks

Respighi/ Rossini                                  “Tarantella” from La Boutique Fantasque
Alexander Streltsov – Spinning Cube

Leon Jessel
Arr. Morton Gould                                 Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

Emil Waldteufel                                     Skater’s Waltz
Elena Tsarkova – Contortion

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov                        “Capriccio Espagnol,” op. 34
Scena e canto Gitano
Fandango asturiano
Aloysia Gavre – Aerial Hoop

Piotr Tchaikosvsky                                “Danse des cygnes” from Swan Lake
                                                            Magic Act with Conductor

Robert Wendel                                      Christmas a la Waltz

Piotr Tchaikosvsky                                “Trepak” from The Nutcracker, op.71a
Vladimir Tsarkov – Electric Juggler

Piotr Tchaikosvsky                                “Dance Of The Reed Flutes” from The Nutcracker, op.71a
Elena Tsarkova – Ribbon Dance

Georges Bizet                                       Suite No. 2 from L’Arlesienne

Robert Wendel                                      Little Bolero Boy
Jarek & Darek – Strongmen

Carmen Dragon                                     Jingle Bells Fantasie

Piotr Tchaikosvsky                                “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, op.71a
Alexander Streltsov & Christine Van Loo – Aerial Duo

Leroy Anderson                                     A Christmas Festival                             
Finale with bows - Cirque de la Symphonie artists


Hilarie Ashton
Public Relations Manager
801.869.9027 office
801.335.9387 cell

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