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Roll up, roll up! The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra meets the circus

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This July, for two nights only, be prepared to be dazzled as the MSO is joined by a host of international circus performers, including acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen in Cirque de la Symphonie.

Led by MSO’s Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, the Orchestra performs classical masterpieces whilst circus artists enact their spectacular feats in front, above and around them.

Classical musicians and circus performers are not normally natural companions, yet there are certain similarities: both are world-class performers at the top of their game.

The program features popular classical music by composers from Tchaikovsky and Sibelius to John Williams, whose music from Hook closes the first half of the program.

Cirque de la Symphonie will appeal to all, Northey said:

‘This performance promises to be a wild and fun way to experience popular classical music. I can’t wait to see what the sound of the orchestra brings out in the circus performers as they dance, juggle and fly through the air all around us. Apparently I even participate in a magic act (what could possibly go wrong…?). A perfect family event and one for those who like their music fun and action-packed!’

Image: Alexander Streltsov & Christine Van Loo, Cirque de la Symphonie

Date: Friday 15 & Saturday 16 July at 7pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets: $50-125 available *prices subject to change without notice
Bookings: or 03 9929 9600


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