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The North Carolina Symphony, known for continually soaring to new musical heights, will host some high-flying acrobatic wizardry as it performs a new show titled “Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular,” Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.

Cirque Musica artists include amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world – most cast members are multi-generational circus performers who have literally performed their entire lives. Associate Conductor David Glover will lead the holiday performances, which feature gravity-defying feats performed to classical and seasonal works.

Tickets to Cirque Musica’s performances with the North Carolina Symphony range from $33 to $95. Student tickets are $30. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony’s website at, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

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Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Dec. 18-19 Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
“Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular”
David Glover, conductor
Friday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, N.C.

ANDERSON:  A Christmas Festival

ZARVOS: Cirque Musica Host Theme

SMETANA:  “Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride

PACHELBEL:  Canon in D

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV:  “Dance of the Tumblers” from Snow Maiden

POLA:  “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

TORME:  “The Christmas Song”

ADAM:  O Holy Night

STRAUSS, JR.:  Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324

SILVESTRI:  Concert Suite from The Polar Express


WILLIAMS:  Flight to Neverland from Hook

TCHAIKOVSKY:  Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker

BERNARD:  “Winter Wonderland”

LOESSER:  “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

SCHWARTZ:  When You Believe – The Prince of Egypt

GRUBER:  “Silent Night”

TCHAIKOVSKY:  Medley of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Nutcracker and Christmas Eve Sarajevo

ANDERSON:  Sleigh Ride