The Florida Orchestra is really getting around the musical block. Two weeks ago, it was playing a Shostakovich symphony, then last Saturday it did a rock show, backing up a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Now the orchestra is returning to "Cirque de la Symphonie,'' a pops program that features acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and other cirque performers.
In 2008, a Times review of a sold-out performance of the program described most of the acts as "stunning."
The orchestra, conducted by Stuart Malina, will play behind the acts and on its own in light classical selections such as excerpts from Carmen, Glinka's Russlan and Lyudmila overture, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens and John Williams' Superman march.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $20-$67, with student tickets $10. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.
— John Fleming, Times performing arts critic