Acrobats with Cirque De La Symphonie perform in this file photo from the organization’s website. Acrobats and other performers will join the Albany Symphony Orchestra Saturday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
ALBANY — You can call it the performing arts version of shock and awe.
In its debut performance of the 2012-13 concert season, the Albany Symphony Orchestra is going full throttle with a show unlike any that has been seen in Albany.
The organization is partnering with Cirque De La Symphonie, a group of talented acrobats and physical artists, to put on what conductor Claire Fox Hillard says he believes will be a spectacular performance.
“My goal is to have people come to hear the music and hear their symphony and have no preconceived notions or barriers about what to expect,” Hillard said. “This performance is one that will also have the benefit of providing a unique visual experience as well, which is something we rarely get in Albany.”
According to Cirque’s website, Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall.
Artists include aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen.
“Each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the maestro,” the website states.
Two performances are scheduled, one at 2:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are available for $15 to $45 and can be purchased Saturday or online at the symphony’s website, albanysymphony.org.
The symphony will be performing music Hillard says will be recognizable to patrons of various movies, television shows and commercials.
“That’s what I liked about this thing from the beginning; they’ve put this thing together to help showcase local symphonies and help grow their audiences,” Hillard said. “It’s not like they’re saying ‘Hey, we’re coming down there and we want you to be our backup.’ They’re lending their talents to help enrich communities to performing arts, which is something we can all get behind.”