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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Cirque Musica opens Wednesday night at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. The show merges traditional circus acts with classical music.
Crews have transformed the Covelli Centre, bringing together two usually distinct worlds. The circus and the symphony will share the stage under one roof.
“It was a really strange idea to get used to. No one’s ever done that,” said Cirque Musica Concert Master Veronica Gan.
Gan plays the lead violin in the symphony of Cirque Musica, which plays two nights at the Covelli Centre. Gan said her solo illustrates how the circus and symphony can become one.
“I play the Tchaikovsky violin concert solo part while flying through the air,” said Gan.
Gan said she didn’t have any previous experience “flying through the air,” but quickly learned and said she tries to perfect her playing each time she takes flight.
“It’s kind of like that part in a roller coaster when you have the biggest dip at the very end and you feel that exhilaration, and it’s really fun,” Gan said.
Gan will be joined by a cast of performers a bit more familiar with the circus. Lyric Wallenda said she can’t put into words what it’s like to perform her aerial routine with a live orchestra. The seventh generation aerialist takes to the high wire with her mother during the show.
“This is a power house show,” said Wallenda. “You’re going to have comedy. You’re going to have thrill acts with the globe and the motorcycle on the high wire.”
Pop star Debbie Gibson, who wrote the songs for the show, joins the cast for the first and only time in Youngstown.