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Cirque for Kids!


Symphony plus circus equals a spectacular show, created especially for kids! The world's greatest circus artists from Cirque de la Symphonie will dazzle and delight in this first-ever Family series concert appearance. Experience a jaw-dropping fusion of fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a soundtrack of classical masterpieces and popular film scores.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
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Cirque for Kids!



John Williams (b. 1932)

Hooray for Hollywood

John Kander (b. 1927)

Selections from Chicago

John Williams

Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Lalo Schifrin (b. 1932)

Main Theme from Mission Impossible

John Williams

Devil’s Dance from Witches of Eastwick

Hans Zimmer (b. 1957)

Dead Man’s Chest from Pirates of the Caribbean

James Horner (b. 1953)

My Heart Will Go On from Titanic

Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904–1987)

Galop from The Comedians, Op. 26

John Williams

Across the Stars from Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones

Hans Zimmer

Main Theme from Gladiator

John Williams

Raider’s March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Hello friends!

Welcome to Cirque for Kids, which will be our final concert of the season! Today’s concert is going to feature some of the most amazing acrobats on stage with your amazing Pacific Symphony. In addition to the exciting music you will hear, there will be acrobats spinning shapes, juggling rings and flying above the orchestra!

The orchestra has a wonderful and thrilling program for you featuring music from Harry Potter and Indiana Jones by John Williams, Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer, and Mission Impossible by Lalo Schifrin!

All of these works feature our Spotlight Instrument, the strings, which consist of the violins, violas, cellos and basses. The strings are the largest section of the orchestra, and you are going to hear the unique sounds and colors of these instruments today!

Thank you for joining us this season, and I hope to see all of you in the concert hall again next season starting with The Wizard’s Spellbook on October 27, 2018! Now sit back and relax as you take part in this amazing visual and musical experience!

Music is life,


Spotlight on Strings

When you see an orchestra, which instruments sit closest to the conductor? If you thought of the violin, viola, cello or double bass, then you thought of an instrument in the string family! The string family is the biggest instrument family in the orchestra.

Unlike the woodwind or brass families, which usually only have two or three people playing each instrument, there can be dozens of violinists in the orchestra playing at the same time!

String instruments produce sound when musicians vibrate the strings. These strings could be made of nylon, steel, or even gut. Sometimes, musicians pluck the strings with their fingers to make sound.

But most often, orchestral string players make sound by moving a bow across the strings. The handle of the bow is made from wood, while the part that touches the strings is made from horse hair from a horse’s tail!

The bodies of the string instruments also play an important part in making the sound. Smaller bodies on string instruments, like those of a violin or viola, make higher pitches than larger bodies, like those of a cello or double bass. Even though they come in different sizes, though, they have similar curvy shapes and are all made of wood.

Most importantly, they all have hollow bodies with F-holes cut into the wood, which helps amplify, or strengthen, the sound. Without these bodies, you wouldn’t be able to hear the beautiful sounds of the different string instruments!