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Symphony reaches new heights with Cirque
Cirque de la Symphonie is part of the Stockton Pops season. - photo by Photo Contributed

STOCKTON - As one of the most experienced aerial acrobats in the world, Vitali Tomanov will be drawing attention above the concert stage when the Stockton Symphony opens its Stockton Pops season on Saturday, Sept. 15, with the Autumn Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie.

The concert begins at 6  p.m. at the Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton, and repeats Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. 

Tomanov and his fellow cirque performers will soar, balance, dance, maneuver, and entertain—and each will be professionally choreographed to a musical piece performed by the Stockton Symphony. This first Pops concert is a three-dimensional extravaganza that brings the magic of cirque to the concert hall.  

 Cirque de la Symphonie is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. They include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. 

The 1,400-seat Atherton Auditorium provides an intimate venue for a performance such as this, allowing the audience to experience the performances “up close and personal.” These amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world will move beyond the concert stage to amaze the audience!

 Purchase tickets online at or call the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196. Tickets begin at $30; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.

 The music from this concert will be performed at the Symphony’s Steppin’ Out concerts in September. Last year’s Steppin’ Out concerts were performed for more than 6,700 San Joaquin County elementary school children, and the Symphony provided interactive classroom packets for teachers to use before and after the concert.

The Stockton Symphony’s Classics season begins Thursday, Oct. 11, with a Brubeck Mini-Festival featuring Chris Brubeck and University of the Pacific Brubeck Institute fellows. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling (209) 951-0196.

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Founded in 1926, the Stockton Symphony is California’s third-oldest orchestra and the only professional symphony orchestra in San Joaquin County. The Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate, and inspire the community through a commitment to excellence in its performances and programs. For more information about Symphony concerts and education and community programs call (209) 951-0196 or visit