EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 19, 2013

It's a circus. It's a symphony. It's 'Cirque Musica.'

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — “Cirque Musica” brings its magic to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell Friday night. The all-ages performance, a marriage of circus and symphony music, is produced by Stephen Cook and conducted by Christopher Walls, with compositions by Debbie Gibson.

“It’s a beautiful marriage. We’re educating people with some of the best music in the world and tying it into physical performance,” Walls said of the show. “It’s an exciting roller-coaster ride ... It’s not something you want to miss.”

Among performers are David Larible, known in show business as The Clown of Clowns. Born into a family of entertainers, Larible began performing at a very young age and has traveled all over the world. He became part of the “Cirque Musica” team last year.

Larible said that audiences don’t know what to expect when they sit down for a “Cirque Musica” show.

“Once the show begins people are captured,” he promised. “It is a trip, but not one of space or time. It’s a trip of imagination and fantasy.”

Gibson, who has been composing music since she was 5 years old, kick-started her career as the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard Top 100 -- 1988’s “Foolish Beat.”

She wrote two original songs for “Cirque Musica.” Of one, “Birdsong,” she said, “The world has so many song birds mimicking what they hear. This song is about finding your own voice.”

Gibson loves the way “Cirque Musica” draws in the audience.

“You’re not just hearing, seeing, or feeling something,” she said. “You’re a part of the music, you’re a part of the experience.”

If You Go What: "Cirque Musica." When: Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Where: 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tsongas Center, UMass Lowell. How: Purchase tickets at www.tsongascenter.com, the Tsongas Center Box Office, or by phone at 1-866-722-8780