If you go
What: Cirque de la Symphonie and the West Virginia Symphony
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Clay Center
Cost: $15 to $67
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-541-0395
West Virginia Symphony fans will spend as much time watching as they do listening this weekend when the orchestra takes up with the circus for two concerts.
While musicians rehearse late this week in preparation for Friday and Saturday concerts at the Clay Center, the team of aerialists, contortionists and jugglers from Cirque de la Symphonie will be making sure they have space around and above the musicians,
While the orchestra performs a classical repertoire, the Cirque performers will be flying through the air, or juggling on stage or working with props such as aerial hoops or spinning cubes.
Their work, says the group's president, artistic coordinator and technical director, is to enhance and not take over the show.
"This is not the highest thing in the world," said Alexander Streltsov, who also performs as an aerialist. "I think the symphony is much more - it's a pinnacle of a career. You cannot really compare it to anything else."
Cirque de la Symphonie is in its eighth year, and Streltsov credits the late Erich Kunzel of the Cincinnati Pops Series for coming up with the idea.