07 Mar 2017

Press Release: Cirque at the Cinema 3/18/17

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 with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra experience the spellbinding wonder of cirque de la symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie offers unique and elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra

HONOLULU – Experience the wonder of cirque and the beauty of live orchestra when the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) presents Cirque at the Cinema, a unique and elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra with awe-inspiring performances by aerial flyers, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, strongmen and dancers at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 18. A jaw-dropping fusion of art forms, Cirque at the Cinema features the return of Maestro Stuart Chafetz as cirque artists perform in front of—and above—the HSO. Hailed as “visually riveting” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) and “a hybrid of circus and fine art” (The Cincinnati Enquirer), Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. At this one-night-only event, music will soar to new heights as concertgoers enjoy popular songs including John Williams’s Hooray for Hollywood, Horner’s My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, Elfman’s Batman Theme (1989), and Kander’s Selections from Chicago—all while witnessing the artistry above the stage.

Called “a mesmerizing display of precision acrobatics, graceful and appealing props and costumes, and extraordinary muscular control and balance” by The Indianapolis Star, Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to the concert hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world, including world record holders, gold medal winners of international competitions and Olympians. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, aerialists and acrobats provide a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. Cirque de la Symphonie combines the extraordinary talents and extended experience of its performers: Sagiv Ben Binyamin, Marcello “Marco” Antonio Balestracci, Autumn Crockett, Aloysia Gavre, Sarah Sporich and Brandon Grimm.

The Baltimore Sun has praised Cirque de la Symphonie’s “brilliant flying, juggling, contorting troupe,” writing, “It was cool to hear collective ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ rise from the crowd [and] hear shouts of approval.” The Seattle Times writes that “a symphony orchestra has a lot in common with circus acts. Both involve developing and maintaining suspense. Both involve spectacle and modulating emotional pitch, capturing the rapt attention of an audience willing to surrender to every nuance or peak … The clearest sign that ‘Cirque’ was working was in the way kids in the audience were just as absorbed by the stand-alone musical portions of the program as they were by the ones featuring the performers.”

Tickets for Cirque at the Cinema start from $27 and are on sale now. Call the Box Office (808) 94-MUSIC – (808) 946-8742 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for more information.

About Stuart Chafetz
Maestro Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with a dynamic podium demeanor and refined sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, this season he will be on the podium in Seattle, Detroit, Naples, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Vancouver, among others. Maestro Chafetz has had the privilege to work with renowned artists such as Chris Botti, Michael Bolton, America, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Richard Chamberlain, The Chieftains, Jennifer Holliday, John Denver, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Wynonna Judd, Jim Nabors, Randy Newman, Jon Kimura Parker and Bernadette Peters.

Maestro Chafetz previously held posts as resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. As principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for twenty years, Maestro Chafetz also conducted the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that he led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Maui Pops. Each year, he leads the Spring Ballet at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

In the summers, Maestro Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in addition to his role as that orchestra’s timpanist.

Active-duty military ($20) and student rush ($13) discounts will be available for this concert beginning, Monday, March 13. Tickets must be purchased at either the Blaisdell Box Office or at the HSO Box Office in-person. Appropriate ID must be presented at the time of purchase. For more information, call the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Box Office (808) 94-MUSIC – (808) 946-8742 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

About the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2011 and made its debut in 2012. The new HSO carries on the legacy of the Honolulu Symphony, which was founded in 1900 and performed for more than a century. The orchestra employs 84 professional musicians and presents classical masterworks, pops, educational and community programs.

The mission of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is to present the highest-quality performances of great music, bringing national and international distinction to the orchestra and its community; to delight and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and enhance the cultural vitality and quality of life in these Islands; and to operate in a financially sound manner.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.HawaiiSymphonyOrchestra.org. Share your Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra experience with the #HiSymphony hashtag on Twitter and Instagram @HawaiiSymphonyOrchestra and on Facebook: facebook.com/HawaiiSymphony.