Cirque Symphonique performs with Grand Forks Symphony

Tesseract, a unique acrobatic duo from Vancouver, will join the Greater Grand Forks Symphony this Saturday, March 3, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium for the Symphony’s annual Myra Concert for Young Audiences. The concert also features performances by 17-year-old pianist Renate Rossol, this year’s winner of the Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, and a side-by-side performance with over 45 musicians of the Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony.

Acrobats Peter Boulanger and Ninon Parent have performed together for the last 12 years. They began with the Cirque du Soleil, and left to develop a unique apparatus of their own that looks like a giant jumping jack and is assembled on stage as part of their act. They named it the Tesseract. After two years at Montreal's National Circus School, they moved to Vancouver, where they sharpened their comedy skills, developed their show and performed at festivals, corporate events, and at the Epcot Center. For the next 10 years they toured Canada, the United States, Japan, France, England, China, and Singapore. Peter and Ninon also founded British Columbia's only full-time professional circus, Cirque Phoenix.

Cirque Symphonique features classic circus, ballet music, and marches including such popular favorites as Johann Strauss’ "Voices of Spring," John Philip Sousa’s "Semper Fidelis" and "The Thunderer," Mussorgsky’s "Dance of the Persian Slaves," Khatchaturian’s "Saber Dance," and Stravinsky’s "Firebird." Music, comedy and extraordinary acrobatic feats share the stage as Ninon hangs on suspended silk scarves high above the orchestra, Peter balances on stacked chairs, and both fling themselves across the stage catapulted on a teeterboard. This act –- not for the faint of heart –- includes audience participation!

This season, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony includes 17 UND students, faculty and staff, including concertmaster Eric Lawson, and UND student violinists Amy Boese, Karen Due, Charles Kreidelcamp, and Jenna Loeppke. Tickets are available from the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4090. Additional information about the concert may be found at the Symphony web site:

The concert is supported by the Myra Foundation, Department of Music, The North Valley Arts Council through a grant from the City of Grand Forks, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts which received funding from the North Dakota State Legislature.
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony,, 7-3359