Juggler Vladimir Tsarkov gave comic relief along with eye-opening tricks with rings, to Bizet's "Danse Boheme," from "Carmen," and pins, to "Sabre Dance," from Khachaturian's "Gayane" (with the orchestra in fine form).
Elena Tsarkova seemed to float atop a pair of stools as she did a routine to the waltz from Khachaturian's "Masquerade."
After the intermission, she and Tsarkov drew Chafetz away from the orchestra during the "Dance of the Swans" from "Swan Lake" to help with a rope trick. I won't give any of it away.
Streltsov did some nifty twirling with a square frame to the "Torreadors," from "Carmen," which seemed basic enough, but it became impressive when he traded that for a framed cube and upped the complexity.
The orchestra was in top form, opening with Dvorak's "Carnival Overture." Chafetz went for brilliance of tone and some harder surfaces to the sound.
Chabrier's "Espana" had lively outbursts from the trombones and trumpets and vibrant woodwind playing. Music from John Williams' score to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was robust and colorful.
The Clay Center concert repeats at 8 p.m. Saturday. Orchestra management reported that tickets are still available but are selling fast.