Circus and Symphony Extravaganza A Child’s Christmas in Wales on Nine PBS

Special Living St. Louis Presents Highlights of

Circus Flora and St. Louis Symphony Holiday Co-Production


St. Louis, MO—December 2, 2013—Dylan Thomas’ nostalgic story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” inspired a cross-artist collaboration between Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony in December 2012. The Nine Network’s cameras were there to capture the unique and fanciful marriage of circus performers and a world-class symphony orchestra for an hour-long Living St. Louis special airing Monday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. (The program is repeated December 17 at 1:00 a.m. and December 21 at 3:00 p.m.)


The tumbling St. Louis Arches; unicycle and acrobatics teams; The Flying Wallendas high-wire bravery; Mayya Panfilova’s trained house cats; Aurelia Wallenda’s trapeze aerials and Shayna Swanson’s equally elevated acrobatic skills are among the performances highlighted in the special. The artistry of all is magnified by the music of the symphony playing behind, and sometimes underneath, them. Selections include William Walton’s “Crown Imperial” march, Leroy Anderson’s “Irish Suite” and pieces from The Nutcracker, as well as classic Christmas carols.


Living St. Louis and all arts programming on the Nine Network are sponsored by PNC Bank.


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