STOCKTON — The Stockton Symphony opens its 2013-14 season on Sept. 21 with its Autumn Pops, featuring a breathless virtuoso fiddle performance by an original star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers. Known for her electrifying concerts that bring audiences to their feet, Ivers is joined by her ensemble, Immigrant Soul, local Irish dancers, and the Stockton Symphony.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton, and repeats Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2:30 p.m.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Ivers proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and more than 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions.
She’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing,” says The Irish Times. Eileen Ivers’ recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Ivers is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.
Ticket sales begin July 15, and can be purchased online at www.StocktonSymphony.org or by calling the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196. Group rates are available! Tickets begin at $25; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.
In addition to the subscription series, the Symphony offers a concert in its ongoing Music Beyond Borders series—an effort to expand beyond the concert hall and bring great music to venues throughout the community. Rock to Bach presents electric violinist Tracy Silverman at Tillie Lewis Theatre on the Delta College campus, October 4th, performing a variety of musical pieces on his unique six-string electric violin.
The Symphony will also sponsor a Discovery concert on February 1st at Atherton Auditorium where Tracy Silverman and the full Symphony will premiere composer Kenji Bunch’s concerto for electric violin, “Embrace,” co-commissioned by the Symphony through a Music Alive grant.
Tickets for these two non-subscription concerts are available now — visit www.StocktonSymphony.org to purchase adult tickets; call (209) 951-0196 or stop by the Symphony office at 1024 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite 1, Stockton, to purchase adult or student/youth tickets.
Subscriptions to the Classics and Pops series are available by stopping by or calling the Stockton Symphony office. First-time Pops series buyers receive a 15% discount off Pops single-ticket prices and first-time Classics series buyers receive a 30% discount off Classics single-ticket prices. For more information, call the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196.
For further information about the Stockton Symphony, future performances, guest artists, and how to volunteer, please visit www.StocktonSymphony.org.