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Symphony opens with Celtic energy
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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.

 Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196. Tickets begin at $25; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.