‘Symphony Spectacular’ to include a circus touch

Photo credit: johnstownsymphony.org
Photo credit: johnstownsymphony.org

By OUR TOWN

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016-17 concert season next week with “Symphony Spectacular,” a unique program combining orchestra music with live circus choreography. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in Johnstown.

The evening marks the debut of James Blachly, the orchestra’s new music director, leading the orchestra in musical selections that include Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique,” accompanied by a specially choreographed live performance by circus professionals from Muse Circus of Brooklyn, New York.

Along with the season-opening musical performance, those who attend may enjoy an elegant dinner, cocktails and dancing, play circus-themed games, mingle with the featured acrobats, have an opportunity to win prizes and bid on items in a silent auction.

Tickets to this event and/or the entire 2016-17 concert season may be purchased online at www.johnstownsymphony.org or by calling the symphony office at 814-535-6738.