Review: San Antonio Symphony and Cirque Musica, combining music and circus acts

Posted on: June 20, 2019

“Thanks to the San Antonio Symphony, the circus came to town Friday night—at least the closest to a circus anyone sees these days,” writes David Hendricks in Sunday’s (6/16) San Antonio Express News (TX). “The San Antonio Symphony Pops concert Friday night presented Cirque Musica in a show titled ‘Crescendo,’ one of several produced for the performers by TCG Entertainment, based in the Dallas suburb of Allen…. Aerialists, contortionists and jugglers dominated Friday’s show. [Violinist] Veronica Gan [performed] much of the first movement of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, first from the stage before elevating on a cord while Nicole Landkas and Christian Bilea performed a balancing act beneath. Leysan Gayazova and Krista Henderson displayed strength in their contortion act while the orchestra played Richard Wagner’s ‘Entry of the Gods into Valhalla’ from ‘Das Rheingold.’ … The applause at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts from the audience of about 1,100 was frequent, often nearly continuous, as the acts became more intricate and impressive…. The Symphony performed 16 pieces under Associate Conductor Noam Aviel, three of them without accompanying a circus act…. The circus performers took their final bows to Jacques Offenbach’s ‘Can-Can’ theme.”

Posted June 20, 2019