Staff Picks:

Cirque de la Symphonie

Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2

I've had mixed feelings on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s collaborations with other artistic groups so far this season. Its PULSE concert with Wye Oak was sort of a mixed bag—the pieces where both groups played together were great; the audience and the BSO’s opening piece, not so much. Its performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in October with actors from Folger Theatre was an interesting idea in theory, but not so great in execution—the actors spent most of their time either yelling over the orchestra or hanging around stage awkwardly, waiting for their turn to speak. But the BSO's “Cirque de la Symphonie” concert looks like it'll be a memorable way to start the new year no matter what: World-class acrobats and gymnasts will be performing as the BSO plays a wide selection of classical music. If it all goes smoothly, you'll have an elegant evening of aerial tricks and fine music to celebrate the new year. And if it goes poorly, well, you'll never forget the New Year's Eve where an aerialist fell on the trombone section. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at 8 p.m., Jan. 2 at 3 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000,, $19-$99. (Anna Walsh)

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