Melding the riveting excitement of a “Cirque” performance with the power of a full orchestra, Cirque de la Symphonie returns for two new performances, each with the Stockton Symphony.
Cirque de la Symphonie wowed Stockton with their family-friendly debut in September 2012, blending breathtaking acrobatics and "the illusion of inviting calamity while maintaining complete control at all times" (Boston Globe).
Boasting international caliber performers, complete with aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen, Cirque de la Symphonie will perform to orchestral works selected by Stockton Symphony’s Conductor Peter Jaffe, forming a unique collaboration between this renown international touring company and the third oldest symphony orchestra in state.
The Stockton Symphony is in good company: CDLS has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, to name but a few. Their performances are "remarkably well-timed to the music, whetting the appetite for what's next" (Baltimore Sun). Selections for the two Stockton performances include compositions by Strauss, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov, Falla, Copland, Tchaikovsky and more.
The concerts, performed September 13 at 6 pm and Sunday, September 14 at 2:30 pm, are sponsored by Joan and Dino Cortopassi. Single tickets are $28, $39, $49, $59 and $69. Student and children prices range from $17-$37. Single tickets are available online at www.StocktonSympony.org and from the Stockton Symphony’s Box Office, at 209-951-0196. A subscription package for the four-concert Pops Series or the five-concert Classics Series range from $90-$271, and may be purchased by phoning the Box Office. New subscribers save 30%; new subscriptions range from $95-$211. Cirque de la Symphonie will perform in the Warren Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton.
Members of Cirque de la Symphonie are much acclaimed, "world-class performers who achieve the seemingly impossible" (Seattle Times). Christine Van Loo is a seven-time consecutive National Champion, Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the Decade in acrobatic gymnastics. She was inducted into the USSA (acro-gymnastics) Hall of Fame and the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor. As a professional aerialist and acrobat she has performed in the 2002 Winter Olympics, at two Grammy Awards (with No Doubt and Ricky Martin), at the American Music Awards (with Aerosmith), the Miss Universe pageant, and Paul McCartney's European tour.
Alexander Streltsov is a Russian aerial artist who started working with famed cirque choreographer Pavel Brun when he was only twelve, performing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater. Also known as “Sasha,” he has performed for three Russian presidents and the Bolshoi Ballet, as well as numerous symphonies in the US and Europe.
Aloysia Gavre is an incredible aerial performer from the Ecole Nationale de Cirque program of Montreal, with early training from Master Lu-Yi and the Pickle Family Circus School. Aloysia is best known as a veteran of Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” and “O.” Her five years with Quidam established her as one of the best aerial artists in the world
At 12 years old, Nate Nordine is the youngest performer in Cirque de la Symphonie’s troop, and one of the most talented. He is capable of the most incredible feats involving flexibility and contortion. Nate began his cirque career in his hometown of Los Angeles and has trained with Le Petit Cirque, Cirque School in Hollywood, and Ecole Nacionale de Cirque in Montreal. An avid multi-instrumentalist musician, Nate plays guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and flute.
Andrey Moraru is a native of Kiev, Ukraine, and a graduate of the prestigious Kiev Circus School where he trained hand balancing under the legendary Vitold Kuvshinov. Vladimir Tsarkov comes from a famous circus family rich in the traditions of Russian circus artistry. His “mystery guest” juggling act is a fascinating blend of illusion and juggling skills. Alina Sergeeva is a third generation circus performer from Russia. She began performing on stage at the age of three with her family in a hand balancing adagio act with her father.
Proclaimed as a season of blockbusters—magnificent works of music that are as familiar as they are revered— the Stockton Symphony’s 2014-15 season marks the 88th year of the Stockton Symphony, making it the third oldest performing orchestra in California, after the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. And it marks the 20th year under the baton of Maestro Peter Jaffe. A celebration of Maestro Jaffe’s 20 years is being planned for the fall. “The compositions that make up our season of blockbusters have long been recognized for their genius and passion,” notes Maestro Jaffe. “Eternal thanks to Stockton for its marvelous patronage and support. We play for you!”
All Stockton Symphony concerts, including Cirque de la Symphonie, take place in the Warren Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton—with one exception: the final Pops Series concert, “Piano Men” will be performed in the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 East Main Street, Stockton.