Acrobats, dancers, jugglers and more will join the Ocean City Pops for a Cirque de la Symphonie performance 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The visual and musical spectacle is returning to Ocean City in a new production that will feature aerial flyers, acrobats, a contortionist, jugglers, dancers and strongmen performing to music played by the Pops under the baton of William Scheible.

The cirque artists include world record holders, Olympians and winners of international competitions. Each artist's performance is choreographed to classical pieces and popular contemporary music, according to a press release.

Among the performers will be acrobat Vitalii Buza, who toured Europe with the Moscow State Circus and later performed at Sea World, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World and had a role in the Disney movie “Enchanted.” Vitalii performs multiple cirque acts with props including straps, a Cyr wheel, spinning cube, Chinese pole and the Russian bar.

Classical solo violinist Janice Martin, who is also an opera singer, classical pianist and aerialist, fuses cirque with symphony in an act in which she plays a violin while suspended in the air on silk fabrics or a giant hoop. 

Vladimir Tsarkov combines mime and juggling feats with rings, balls and batons in a performance that is a favorite of younger members of the audience, organizers said.

Irina Burdetsky, who grew up in a circus family in Moscow and travels the world performing, has an act that incorporates hoops, contortion and dance. And Ukrainian Vitaliy Prikhodko and Russian Pavel Korshunov will perform feats of acrobatics, strength and balance. 

Tickets are $35 to $25 and can be purchased at, at the City Hall Welcome Center on Ninth Street or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, or by calling 609-399-6111.

The Ocean City Pops is a professional orchestra that plays a variety of music and programs for all ages. An evening with the Pops can include anything from a fully staged Broadway musical to opera, jazz, theme nights, movie scores, or a children’s lollipop concert. Scheible is the orchestra's artistic director.

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