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Corteo. A Cirque du Soleil Show.

By:  Mary Beth Ippich

I went into this show not knowing what it was about. I wanted to look on it with unbiased eyes. The performance was completely unexpected. An adventure into this man’s life the loves lost, the friendships, the challenges he faced. Those challenges some won with respect, others won with laughter. A total celebration. The journey onstage was mesmerizing. The acrobatics were perfection, highlighting strength, flexibility, and coordination. Each performer told their tale in utter perfection, as you would expect with a Cirque show. What I didn’t expect was my reactions at times; holding my breath, gripping my heart at the sheer insane abilities, laughing, and even more laughing.

Photos courtesy of Mary Beth Ippich

There were dancers suspended off chandeliers, acrobats soaring through the sky, disappearing people, giant balloons floating characters into the audience, jugglers, feats of strength, ring dancers, and somewhere in the middle of the entertainment were 6 pair of shoes that ran across the stage by themselves! This show; for me, was more than a celebration of one man’s life. It made me reflect on my own. How we need to make the most of the time we have. You only get one life to live; your journey is yours to create. Love, play, and laugh.

Photos courtesy of Mary Beth Ippich


Patti McClintic
I’m Patti. Rock music is my first love. My daughter, who was a country fan as a teenager, dragged me in when I'd drive her to school and we would have radio wars in the car. I'd have on my rock station and she would switch it to the country station. Guess who always won? As they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, so I did. patti@thinkcountrymusic.com First it was all modern country, but my parents were big Merle Haggard fans. I went along with them to a Merle Haggard/Phil Vassar show at the local fair and that was it. I was hooked on the Hag. Since that day, I've become a fan of bluegrass and I continue to explore all facets of the country genre. I guess you could say, I'm all in. When I'm not up to my neck in any kind of music, I enjoy genealogy, history, my granddaughters and my addiction, SongPop. I guess it could be worse, right? I'm a Buffalo, New York girl living in a Nashville, Tennessee world, and I'm livin' the dream with my husband, my dog and my two cats.
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