DSO has started an annual tradition of performing with the Roncalli Circus on New Year's Eve. It's just one of the ways the orchestra goes beyond tuxedos and stuffy concert halls to reach audiences with classical music.
For conductor Pietari Inkinen, it was his first time at the circus
Seventh-generation clown David Larible earned loads of laughs by turning pirouettes in an original handkerchief ballet. He later attempted to conduct the audience with his own take on Rossini's "Barber of Seville."
Despite being dramatized as a plump jester, Konstantin first proved his fitness with a rhythm gymnastics routine. Later, a spinning aero wheel happened into the ring, which sent the clown tumbling.
Clown Konstantin capitalized on the claps of the crowd as he circled his way around the ring.
In a unique juggling act, the glittery Wei Liang Lin sent several tops spinning on a string.
The only animals in the program were a pair of African rhinos, who entered the ring to Brahm's "Hungarian Dance No. 5." Whether or not they were real, said Ringmaster Patrick Philadelphia, was up to the audience to decide.
After being handed a golden palm frond, artist Rigolo constructed a skeleton of palm branches to the tune of Bach.