Wichita Symphony Orchestra with Cirque de la Symphonie: Blue Jeans Concert

Friday was the Wichita Symphony’s annual Blue Jeans Concert, an event at which the orchestra dresses down and the atmosphere is less formal than the typical Classics Concert.  This year, the guest artists were members of Cirque de la Symphonie; my review of the concert for The Wichita Eagle can be found here.

Strongmen Jarek and Darek of Cirque de la Symphonie

Strongmen Jarek and Darek of Cirque de la Symphonie

The complete program, directed by conductor Daniel Hege:

“Hail Wichita” (Wichita State University fight song)

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96 (Orchestra)

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 (Christine Van Loo, aerial rope)

Bizet: Danse bohème from Carmen: Suite No. 2 (Vladimir Tsarkov, ring juggling)

Tchaikovsky: Valse from Sleeping Beauty: Suite, Op. 66a (Elena Tsarkov, contortion and dance)

Bizet: Les toréadors from Carmen: Suite No. 1 (Vova Tsarkov, spinning cube)

Badelt: Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean (Orchestra)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scena e canto Gitano and Fandango asturiano from Cappricio espagnol, Op. 34 (Aloysia Gavre, aerial hoop)

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake: Suite, Op. 20a (Vladimir Tsarkov and Elena Tsarkova, magic act)

Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, Op. 5 (Orchestra)

Kabalevsky: Galop from The Comedians, Op. 26 (Vladimir Tsarkov and Vova Tsarkov, juggling glowing pins on a semi-darkened stage)

Offenbach: Galop (Can-Can) from Orpheus in the Underworld (Elena Tsarkova, ribbon dance)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Buffoons from The Snow Maiden: Suite (Alina Sergeeva, hula hoops)

Strauss II: Thunder and Lightning (Polka), Op. 324 (Orchestra)

Tchaikovsky: Valse from Swan Lake: Suite, Op. 20a (Alexander Streltsov and Christine Van Loo, aerial duo on silks)

Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26 (Jarek and Darek, strongmen)

Wichita Symphony Orchestra: Ginastera, Saint-Saëns, and Franck; conductor Maximiano Valdés, cellist Julian Schwarz

Alberto Ginastera, Pampaneas No. 3, Op. 24

Camille Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33

Julian Schwarz, cello

César Franck, Symphony in D Minor

Guest conductor Maximiano Valdés

My review of January 18’s performance of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as it ran in The Wichita Eagle.