HSO Rings in the Holidays at Holiday Cirque Spectacular December 21

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Program to Feature Aerial Feats and Acrobatics Choreographed to Seasonal Favorites

Audience Encouraged to Bring Non-Perishable Food Items for Food Drive Benefiting South Park Inn

HARTFORD, December 12, 2013 – This holiday season, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra POPS! will combine acrobatics and holiday music at the Holiday Cirque Spectacular on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, the concert will include such holiday favorites as Deck the Halls, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, selections from The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, selections from The Polar Express, and Chanukah Suite, plus an audience sing-along. The Asylum Hill Congregational Church Bell Choir will join the HSO for “Carol of the Bells” and there will be a special opportunity for audience members to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in the lobby.

The performers of Cirque de la Symphonie are some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs from across the globe. They include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen, including Sagiv Ben Binyamin, Aloysia Gavre, Sasha Harrington, Kerren McKeeman, Nate Nordine, Andrew Pirozzi, Alina Sergeeva, Oleksiy Snarsky, and Vladimir Tsarkov.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the South Park Inn for a food drive at the time of year when this community needs it most. Holiday Cirque Spectacular audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to both performances. The most needed items are beans, canned chicken, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned tuna, cereal, coffee, granola bars, jarred baby food, laundry detergent, lentils, pasta, peanut butter, rice, and toiletries. There will be drop off tables throughout The Bushnell lobby for patrons to leave their donations.

Calendar Listing:
HSO POPS! SERIES: HOLIDAY CIRQUE SPECTACULAR
Featuring Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Cirque de la Symphonie, guest performers; Asylum Hill Congregational Church Bell Choir
Saturday, December 21, 2013 ? 3:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $20-$67.50. Student tickets are $10. A limited number of $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

The concert benefactor for Holiday Cirque Spectacular is Hartford Hospital. The HSO 2013-2014 POPS! Series is presented by United Technologies Corporation, with additional concert support from Prudential Retirement and The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency