WMS Opens New Season with Cirque de la Symphonie

Muskegon, Michigan, August27, 2013 – The incredible aerialists, jugglers and acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie return by popular demand as the West Michigan Symphony opens its 2013-14 season on Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Back for their second appearance on – and above – the stage of the majestic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, the Cirque performers will join the orchestra for a remarkable evening of music and magic. The Cirque performers played to near sell-out crowds when they joined WMS in March 2012, wowing audiences with their incredible grace, movement and strength.

While the Cirque performers entertain and amaze, Music Director Scott Speck will lead the musicians through performances of classical works, including Tchaikovsky’s “Valse” from “Swan Lake,” Debussy’s “Suit Bergmanasque-Claire de Lune” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Danse des Bouffons” from “The Snow Maiden.”

“This will be my fourth time working with Cirque de la Symphonie, and they have never failed to astound me,” said Speck, who returns for his 11th year at the podium. “This is one of those shows that amaze not only the audience, but also the orchestra.

“It’s always a bit hard to get the musicians to watch my baton when the Cirque artists are performing. And I have even had to mark the spot in my score where I need to duck as somebody whizzes right over my head.”

Nichols in Muskegon is the concert sponsor.

Season and individual tickets can be purchased by calling the West Michigan Symphony ticket office at 231.726.3231. Several subscriber plans are available including the full series, masterworks series only, pop series only or flexible ticketing that allows concertgoers to create their own experience. For more information or to receive a 2013-14season brochure, contact 231.726.3231 or info@westmichigansymphony.org.

Single tickets for this concert are $32, $50 and $60 and may be purchased online at www.westmichigansymphony.org; by calling 231.726.3231; or in person at 360 W. Western Ave. Student tickets are $15 for this concert but are not available online. College students must present a valid ID when they purchase tickets.

About West Michigan Symphony
As one of the few professional regional orchestras in Michigan, West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for nearly 75 years. WMS serves a regional audience with eight pairs of concerts annually, along with dozens of educational and outreach activities for children and adults. Earlier this year, the organization also launched The Block, a new and intimate concert venue in downtown Muskegon tha twill host a wide range of performers. WMS also oversees operations for the West Michigan Youth Symphony and the newly formed WMS Children’s Choir. For more information, visit www.westmichigansymphony.org.

Michigan Arts & Culture Council
National Endowment for the Arts