Cirque de la Symphonie Returns to Orchestra Hall for Four Performances, November 2-4

- Fan-favorite PNC Pops Series concert will feature acrobatics, juggling, and other feats set to live orchestral music performed by DSO

Detroit, (October 16, 2018) – Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will reunite on the Orchestra Hall stage for four PNC Pops Series performances this November.

Cirque de la Symphonie features high-flying acrobatics, juggling, strongmen, contortionists, and other jaw-dropping feats, all set to live orchestral music performed by the DSO conducted by Sean O’Loughlin.

The concerts will take place Friday, November 2 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 3 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 4 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

In 2017, the DSO’s pops programming took on a fresh title: the PNC Pops Series, thanks to the generous support of PNC Bank. “This is a terrific series that showcases both the DSO and a wide variety of popular music, said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. “That combination is sure to put a smile on the faces of everyone who attends the concerts.”  

Thanks to a grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US, the DSO welcomes military veterans, active military, and their families to access discounted tickets for the performance on Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. See below for more information about the ticket discount. Discounts are available for 19 concerts throughout the 2018-2019 season, including six Friday evening PNC Pops Series concerts and every Friday morning Classical Series Coffee Concert. The FCA Foundation and the DSO thank our veterans and active military members for their service. For more information visit

Additional support for the PNC Pops Series is provided by Masco Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino-Hotel. The Saturday, November 3 concert is additionally sponsored by KPMG.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Cirque de la Symphonie begin at $24 and can be purchased at, by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or

Veterans, active military, and their families may use the code HEROES1819 to unlock $10 tickets for the concert on Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. The code can be used at or by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111.

About Sean O’Loughlin

Sean O’Loughlin is the Principal Pops Conductor of Symphoria, the exciting new symphony in Syracuse, NY, and the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Victoria Symphony in Victoria, British Columbia. Also a composer and arranger, O’Loughlin is celebrated for his fresh voice and colorful scoring. His work has been commissioned by the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

O’Loughlin has conducted top orchestras across North America, including the Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, among others. He served as assistant conductor and arranger for a production of Sgt. Pepper Live in Las Vegas featuring the band Cheap Trick, and he has conducted national and international tours with Josh Groban, Sarah McLaughlin, and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration.

O’Loughlin has also collaborated with Adele, Pentatonix, Diana Ross, Blue Man Group, The Decemberists, Gloria Gaynor, and many others.

An annual ASCAP Special Awards winner, O’Loughlin was a composition fellow at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and holds composition degrees from New England Conservatory and Syracuse University.

About Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. For more than 10 years, it has thrilled and bedazzled veteran concertgoers and new patrons as they see accomplished aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen perform to live symphony music.

Cirque de la Symphonie performers include world record-holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians, and some of the most experienced cirque talent ever seen. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared with the symphony, and each artist’s performance is choreographed to the music arranged in collaboration with the maestro.

When the artists of Cirque de la Symphonie perform with the full orchestra, an incredible fusion of these two great art forms takes place. The aerialists and acrobats turn the concert into a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. Come one, come all!

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).  PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

About the DSO

Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. The 2017-2018 Season marked Slatkin’s tenth and final year in the role, and in 2018-2019 he returns as Music Director Laureate. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.