Courtesy of The Seattle Symphony website.
The Seattle Pops series is popular. You might like this Seattle Pops concert Cirque Goes to the Cinema and there were empty seats last night. So, maybe you can nab them at this late date for the remaining performances tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. The conductor Stuart Chafetz was a jolly, jiggly, jump-for-joy kinda guy. He led the symphony in several well-done movie musical arrangements…some arrangements of some pretty great scores like Dr. Zhivago’s Lara’s Theme and the theme from the Titanic fell flat. But, Danny Elfman’s Batman theme was musically extraordinary…the program needed a bit more of his work. Of, course the John Williams scores are generally great and well-orchestrated in this program.
If you have never seen Cirque du Soleil this is a tiny intro into that world of acrobatics, aerials and artistic and sometimes weird contortions these extra ordinary and very bendy performers can do. The Ariel ring work done to West Side Story music was wonderful. The second act was much more engaging than the first with better match-ups of music to choreography.