"I have been performing with symphonies for close to 15 years now," Streltsov explained. "Erich saw me in 2003 or 2004 during an aerial tour and said, 'Let's do that with the symphony.' I flew in and did a show, and then he started to bring me to more pops shows around the country."
Streltsov assembled a troupe of performers, and Cirque de la Symphonie became its own entity.
Joining him as business partner was Bill Allen, a pianist who forms the musical programs for the shows.
"We did our first show in 2005 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and it was such a great success - it exploded," he said. "It is definitely something you've never seen before."
Streltsov said his work as an aerialist throughout Europe made it easy to find performers.
"There are a lot of performers in our show that have worked with all of the well-known circus shows," he said.
"We are very mobile - everything travels with us in a suitcase, and we rent a lot of stuff locally," he said. "Needless to say, not all music halls were made for a circus. We have a few scenarios that we can apply to rigging points. Sometimes I run into complications, and
I have to fly in a week or two before to inspect the area."
Streltsov is a native of Moscow who comes from a circus family.
"My parents used to be performers. My father used to do the same thing I do, and my mom was a tightrope walker. My career kind of skipped all the grinding tours, though. I started when I was 12 participating in prestigious competitions in Europe and got a gold medal. A few months later,
I was in the Gershwin theater on Broadway doing a show."
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