Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tonight: USC Symphony brings acrobats into the act

It will be a feast of sights and sounds when Cirque de la Symphonie joins the USC Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Koger Center Tuesday.

Gymnasts, aerialists, jugglers, contortionists, dancers and acrobats will perform on — and above — the stage, while the musicians play classical pieces from Bizet, Chabrier, Smetana, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. The stunts of the performers are choreographed with the notes of the musical pieces to give viewers a sensory experience.

Cirque de la Symphonie performs exclusively with orchestras, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and other orchestras of every size. The circus features acrobats and gymnasts from Russia, Mongolia and Moldova.

Tuesday’s performances will be at 10 a.m. for school groups and children attending with an adult, and a 7:30 p.m. performance open to the general public.

Tickets for the evening performance are $30 for the general public, $25 for USC faculty and staff and seniors, and $8 for students. Admission to the morning show is $5 for children and parents and chaperones. To order tickets, call 803-251-2222 or visit

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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