Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Fifth Third Cirque de Noël” Returns Dec. 18-20.

Tue, 11/27/2012

New Acts and Musical Selections Put Fresh Twist on this Holiday Favorite

One of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s record-breaking productions returns this holiday season with new music and acts. Three performances of “Fifth Third Cirque de Noël” will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 18, Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall. Concerts are part of the Symphony’s SymphonicBoom Series.

“Fifth Third Cirque de Noël” combines the magic of Cirque de la Symphonie’s artistry with the wonder of the holidays. Aerialists fly overhead and acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen perform awe-inspiring feats, all choreographed to classical and seasonal musical favorites performed by Music Director David Lockington and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

“The phenomenal talents of Cirque de la Symphonie’s internationally-acclaimed performance artists coupled with our own extraordinary musicians make for a spectacular holiday treat. It’s the perfect fusion of two great art forms,” Lockington said.

This year’s show features three new acts. One of the most entertaining hoops performers in the industry, Irina Burdetsky, will dazzle audiences with her mix of hoops, contortion, and dance. Russian gymnast, Vitalii Buza, also joins the mix with his spinning cube and wheel acts that are sure to amaze. Thirteen-year-old Kai Newstead, who began performing aerial acrobatics at the age of five, will mesmerize audiences with his aerial silks routine.

“DeVos Performance Hall is a model venue for experiencing the power of Cirque. The intimate ambiance of the hall puts concertgoers close to the action, and the live orchestral music component is unique to this production. It truly sets this show apart from other Cirque experiences,” Lockington added.

In addition to fresh acts, new musical offerings will be featured this year. Selections include Respighi/Rossini’s “The Magic Toy Shop,” Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Danse de petits cyngnes” from “Swan Lake.” Audiences will also enjoy seasonal favorites such as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride, ” “Ave Maria,” and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Tickets for “Fifth Third Cirque de Noël” start at $32 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from Calder Plaza), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box Office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800/982-2787, or online at

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About the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Led by Music Director David Lockington, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony sponsors the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses, and also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit

These concerts are made possible with support from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts