A Night at Cirque de la Symphonie by Symphoria


Disclosure: Mama Smith was provided with tickets to this event. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.


Last night my husband and I went on a date night with another couple. We decided to attend Cirque de la Symphonie by Symphoria at The Oncenter and boy were we glad we did. The entire show was breathtaking – just absolutely amazing. There are really no words to describe it. My husband and I are big fans of the symphony and music in general – so just seeing the orchestra was a treat. They played beautifully and chose some really meaningful songs. This coupled with the incredible performances put our night over the top. Many times the entire audience was gasping and applauding because they were so full of emotion.


I only have one small complaint about the night and that was that some of the clapping was ill timed. I would have loved to watch the areal acrobat’s performance to Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 without all of the applause. Now, I know that is nothing that could have been prevented. Her performance was so emotional and I can only imagine how much more powerful it would have been without the audience clapping so much over the music. In general, the acts were wonderful. Everyone was so talented and I loved the bits of humor that were sprinkled throughout the show. Along with acrobatics there was magic, juggling, and dancing. The conductor, Lawrence Loh, was a breath of fresh air. He was a lot of fun and even joined in on a magic act! The night flew by and I could not believe when the show was over. We will definitely be attending more shows in the 2015-16 season – I cannot wait for the Star Wars concert.


Symphoria is something you can take the kids to – we saw many children there and would have taken ours if it did not start so late (their normal bedtime is 7pm and the show did not start until 7:30pm). All children under 18 are free making this a fun family event as well! Purchase tickets here.

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About Symphoria:
Symphoria is a fully professional orchestra serving  Syracuse and Central New York. It is one of  only two co-op orchestras in the U.S., founded by nearly 50 members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, which was considered one of America’s top 50 orchestras. Symphoria is passionately committed to serving its community with inspiring orchestra and ensemble performances, and innovative education programs for kids of all ages.

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The remaining performances include:

10.10.15 – Julie Albers Returns
Syracuse favorite Julie Albers returns to perform Dvorak’s beloved Cello Concerto, paired with Rachmaninoff’s electrifying Symphonic Dances.

10.16.15 – Credo
Composer Joseph Downing premieres a new work written for the SU Oratorio Society and the combined choirs of at least six churches.

10.24.15 – Storybook Halloween
Featuring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and other Halloween-inspired music.

11.01.15 – An Afternoon with Itzhak Perlman
Temple Concord and Symphoria present Itzhak Perlman in a very special performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. This performance is not to be missed!

11.07.15 – New York Connections
In this program of music inspired by New York, award-winning pianist Orion Weiss will envelop you in the well-known themes of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

11.13.15 – Harvest Moon
This performance pairs rustic music of the country with seasonal food and drink at the beautiful Welch Allyn Lodge in Skaneateles.

11.22.15 – French Collection
Oraganist Bradley Welch performs Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, and soprano Janet Brown joins the SU Oratorio Society for Faure’s Requiem.

12.06.15 – Messiah
Temple Concord and Symphoria present Itzhak Perlman in a very special performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. This performance is not to be missed!

12.18.15 – Holiday Pops
Ring in the holidays with Symphoria, dancers, the Syracuse Pops Chorus, Syracuse Children’s Chorus and special guests, as well as a visit from Santa.

12.19.15 – Holiday Pops
Ring in the holidays with Symphoria, dancers, the Syracuse Pops Chorus, Syracuse Children’s Chorus and special guests, as well as a visit from Santa.

01.23.16 – Orchestra Spotlight: Mozart & Beethoven
Symphoria principal winds are showcased in this performance with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4

02.06.16 – Live Design
Symphoria ensembles perform throughout the Warehouse as audience members explore the design studios and Point of Contact Gallery. Ticket includes light refreshments and a cash bar.

02.06.16 – Meet The Orchestra
Introduces young children to the orchestra and the instrument families within.

02.13.16 – Wicked Divas
An evening of showstoppers from the worlds of Broadway, opera and pop featuring Elphaba and Glinda from the Broadway production of Wicked.

02.27.16 – Shakespeare Celebration
Lush interpretations by three well-known composers inspired by Shakespeare mark the 400th anniversary of his death as Symphoria collaborates with the SU Department of Drama.

03.06.16 – Civic Morning Musicals’ 125th Anniversary Celebration
Pianist Steven Heyman performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, and violinist Sarah Crocker Vonsattel performs the Barber Violin Concerto

03.12.16 – Motion Dynamics
Acrobats and circus performers from CirqOvation join us for this performance, as we explore movement and motion with music. Ticket includes light refreshments and a cash bar.

03.19.16 – Disney In Concert: Magical Music From The Movies
A multimedia event featuring the original scores paired with footage from Disney movies.

04.03.16 – Copland & Stravinsky
We explore two 20th century giants with works that are more intimately sized including Appalachian Spring.

04.23.16 – Brahms Requiem
This epic choral masterpiece comes to life with the Syracuse University Oratorio Society, soprano Julia Ebner and baritone Timothy LeFebvre.

04.23.16 – Symphonic Safari
Cartoonist Joe Wos joins us for this entertaining performance with live drawings of animals and music that was inspired by them.

05.01.16 – Birth Of The Concerto
Violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo and Symphoria musicians are featured as we explore the birth of the concerto, with works ranging from Bach to Mendelssohn.

05.14.16 – Nielsen, Sibelius & Shostakovich
Gifted violinist Caroline Goulding performs Sibelius’ haunting violin concerto, followed by Shostakovich’s rousing Symphony No. 5.

05.21.16 – Star Wars And A Galaxy Far Away
The Force awakens with the music of Star Wars and other intergalactic adventures.

06.04.16 – Pictures At An Exhibition
Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers performs the rhapsodic music of Ravel and Saint-Saëns with an introductory counterpoint in contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, which is both contemplative and celebratory.



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