Cirque Musica’s ‘Believe’ comes to Bridgeport arena; pairs with GBS
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017
A fifth-generation circus performer from Florida thinks it would be lovely to celebrate the holidays where snow blankets the ground and a scarf and gloves are mandatory.
He has hope for a magical Christmas in cold climes and wants to share that feeling with others.
Noe Espana — considered among the world’s best acrobats — is the creator of Cirque Musica Holiday’s “Believe,” this season touring the United States and Canada. “Believe” is coming to the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Providing the symphonic accompaniment for this one show will be the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.
“Believe” is “an all-new concert experience” and family event that combines symphonic musicians and athletic circus performers, including acrobats, aerialists and contortionists on the same stage at the same time, Espana said during a tour-stop telephone chat.
“The show blends the spell-binding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time,” the producers said in a news release. In addition to “Believe,” Cirque Musica has three productions on tour: Cirque Musica’s “Symphonic,” “Crescendo” and “Heroes & Villains.”
Espana said it is “so great to have the opportunity to bring the audience a message of unity, love and the power of believing, all through our breathtaking form of entertainment combined with the awesome sounds of a live symphony. Christmas is a time of belief, magical moments, spirituality — of being a kid. Reality sets in as you grow older. I want to reignite the spark that remains in our hearts.”
Espana, formerly of the “The Flying Espanas,” trapeze artists with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, said he loves his life, and traveling the world with his wife, daughter, 20 (an aerialist), and son (14).
Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. $95-$45. Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, WebsterBankArena.com
“I was born for this ...” type of life, said Espana, who is of Mexican heritage. “Some people say we are tempting fate” with risky stunts. “But we’re not crazy; we’re professionals. We know what we’re doing.”
Guest conducting the GBS will be James Olmstead, who works in Broadway theater. His recent music supervising credits include the 2017 “Fame” National Tour. On Broadway, he has served as conductor for “On Your Feet” and the keyboardist for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Story” and “Radio City’s New York Spectacular” (2015-16).
Mark R. Halstead, GBS executive director, said the orchestra is delighted to be a part of this special event and to be given exposure to potential new audiences.
“GBS musicians love to play” and every opportunity to do so is a pleasure, he said, adding that the orchestra will be at work every day that week, also in rehearsals for its own holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium.
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