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Entrepreneurship Forum to Explore Intersection of Education, Innovation on Nov. 19
The future of education and its relation to the surrounding world of innovative technology will be the focus of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) Forum that will be held from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The PEN (Pitches, Exhibits & Networking) portion of the evening will feature students from elementary to university level, presenting several emerging technologies that enable enhanced learning experiences. Presentations will encompass classroom learning and learning outside of the school system. The events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website. To RSVP, visit the registration site.
Nov. 19 Ski Film to Raise Funds for PAC Outreach Services
The newest installment in Warren Miller’s film series will be shown as a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Center Outreach Services program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, on the big screen at the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The movie, “No Turning Back,” celebrates 65 years of mountain culture and adventure travel that has led the filmmaker to the ends of the winter world. Patrons will receive a free day lift pass to China Peak (restrictions apply) and have the chance to win door prizes courtesy of The Mountain Air. One ticketholder will win a full season pass to China Peak. Student and adult tickets for the film range from $13 to $16 and may be purchased online or through the PAC Ticket Office at ext. 6-4TIX (4849).
Theatre & Dance Department to Present ‘Betty’s Summer Vacation’ Nov. 20-22
The Cal Poly Theatre & Dance Department will present its fall production, “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, in Spanos Theatre. “Betty’s Summer Vacation” is an outrageous play and a dark spoof commenting on the media’s obsession with sensationalizing events and its ability to cater to our fascination with notorious behavior. The play explores how people respond to horrific acts — sexual abuse, rape, incest, castration and dismemberment — in disturbingly funny, astonishing and unabashedly truthful ways. The story surrounds a strange cast of characters that includes a sex-crazed "hunk," an introvert, a degenerate flasher, and a raging drunk desperate for male affection. On opening night, patrons will be eligible to win a free iPad mini. Faculty and staff of the Theatre & Dance Department are not eligible to win. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
'King Lear' to Reign on Nov. 18
Cal Poly Arts will present "King Lear" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Considered Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, the performance will be presented by one of England’s premier theater companies on a traveling Elizabethan stage, inspired by paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time, when touring was prevalent. The actors will perform dual roles in this fast-paced adaptation and will break the boundaries between the stage and the audience. The delivery of the verse and the interaction with the audience will derive from a traditional Globe approach. Faculty and staff can get a 20 percent discount by selecting the student option when purchasing tickets. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.
Student Vocal Recital November 18
The Music Department presents a free student vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. For more on the show
RPTA Student Projects Include Nationwide Premiere on Nov. 20
As a class project, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration students are helping to organize a premiere to benefit the Special Olympics of San Luis Obispo County. The evening includes a showing of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I" before the movie opens nationwide. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Fremont Theatre. Tickets are $25. The doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, call the Special Olympics of San Luis Obispo County at 805-544-6444.
Student Instrumental Recital November 20
The Music Department presents a free student instrumental recital at 11 .m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. For more
Hearst Lecture Series to Feature Mexico City-Based Architect on Nov. 21
The College of Architecture & Environmental Design will host Wonne Ickx, an architect at Productora, a Mexico City-based architectural studio led by four architects of different nationalities, as part of the Hearst Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Business Building Rotunda (Building 3, Room 213). Ickx will share work distinguished by an interest in precise geometries, the production of clearly legible projects with limited gestures, and the search for timeless buildings in their material and programmatic resolutions. In 2011 the studio co-founded LIGA, Space for Architecture Mexico City, a platform that promotes emerging Latin-American architecture. The studio is collaborating on international projects with artists from around the world. For more information, visit the CAED website.
A Cappella Ensemble to Perform Nov. 21-22
Cal Poly's newest a cappella ensemble, That's The Key, will perform its first concerts of the academic year at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 2 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. The title of the concert, “That’s The (tur)Key,” celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday. The 17-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs designed to raise the holiday spirit, plus some new works and old favorites, all arranged by students. The group’s members represent a variety of majors on campus. Admission to the holiday concert is $7 at the door for the public and $5 for students. For more information, visit the Music Department website.
Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert, November 22
The Music Department presents the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble's Fall Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The program will consist of classic and contemporary music and dance. Focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and extending to historically interconnected cultures of the larger region, the concert will feature instrumental and vocal repertoire both composed and improvised. Tracing from the Middle Ages to the present, the selections include some of the oldest continuously performed art music in the world and the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Critically acclaimed guest artists enhance the performance with their expertise, and beautifully costumed dancers put the songs and music into exciting and graceful motion. For more
Cal Poly to Present Bandfest on Nov. 23
Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature Cal Poly's Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Mustang Marching Band in an evening of works for the modern wind band and the traditional stadium marching band. A portion of the concert will include a special arrangement of the national anthem by American film composer John Williams, a tribute to the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing “The Star Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry. For more information, visit the Music Department website.
Family Sing-Along to Disney Musical set for Nov. 30
The family is invited to sing along to the animated musical "Frozen" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Performing Arts Center. The Oscar-winning movie is the highest-grossing Disney film of all time. It will be screened in high-definition, with a snowflake that will hover over lyrics shown like sub-titles, allowing audiences to follow the music in classic sing-a-long tradition. Music and other activities will take precede the film in the PAC Lobby. Doors open at 2 p.m. Guests are encouraged to attend in costume. The event is presented by PAC Outreach Services, SLO International Film Festival and SLO Youth Symphony. Student and adult tickets for the film range from $10 to $16 and may be purchased online or through the PAC Ticket Office at ext. 6-4TIX (4849).
University Art Gallery ‘Frightening and Beautiful’ Exhibit, Through Dec. 5
Heather L. Johnson’s artistic interpretation of her relationship to the land, “In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful,” will be on display in the University Art Gallery from Thursday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Dec. 5. The exhibit will open with an artist’s lecture at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 in Room 150 in the Dexter Building (No. 34). A reception will follow in the gallery. For nearly two years, Johnson has been exploring the North American landscape by motorcycle, connecting to places and people through her project. Last year she rode approximately 10,000 miles around the U.S. searching for “grand gestures made by humans in the landscape,” including strip mines, oil refineries, oversized architectural projects, and other sites evidencing humanity’s impact on the land. This year she extended the boundaries of the project to Mexico with the hope of continuing around the world. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the University Art Gallery website or Cal Poly News website.
Tenor Christopher Campbell to give Vocal Master Class Dec. 2
Tenor Christopher Campbell, who has a career in opera and oratorio, will present a vocal master class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Several leading Music Department voice students will perform and be critiqued. Staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the students on piano. Campbell has performed throughout the U.S. with such respected opera companies as Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera National Company, Opera Pacific, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Long Beach Opera, among others. The master class is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
Cal Poly Student Piano Recital, December 2
The Music Department presents a free student piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, the in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. For more
Cal Poly Arts Presents Encore Performance of Audra McDonald on Dec. 3
Cal Poly Arts presents an encore engagement with singer Audra McDonald at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center. Winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards, the Broadway superstar and “Live From Lincoln Center” host will entertain guests with favorite show tunes and songs from her new album, "Go Back Home.” Tickets range from $36-$86. Faculty and staff can get a 20 percent discount by selecting the student option when purchasing tickets. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.
Encore Engagement with Comedian Brian Regan on Dec. 4
Cal Poly Arts presents an encore engagement with comedian Brian Regan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Harmon Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. Regan first appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1995 and recently made his 26th appearance, the most any comedian has made on the CBS show. A prolific entertainer, Regan is known for bringing new material when making a return visit to any city. That tendency has earned him a following that packs sold out performances from coast to coast, including a 2011 Rotary de Tolosa fundraiser in San Luis Obispo. Ticket range from $45-$62. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.
Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 5
The Cal Poly big bands and jazz combos will present their annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the Spanos Theatre. The student musicians will demonstrate how jazz is being reinvented by today’s jazz artists. In addition to jazz standards and original compositions by performers, the evening will include the infectious funk arrangement "Chicken Polo," which somehow translates the essence of chickens into sound for a big band. Tickets to the concert are $12 for the public and $9 for senior citizens, students and Jazz Federation members. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
History Lecturer, Author to Discuss Her Work Dec. 5
Kathleen Cairns, a lecturer in Cal Poly’s History Department, will discuss her new book, “Hard Time at Tehachapi: California’s First Women’s Prison,” at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Kennedy Library, Room 111-H. Cairns will talk informally about her book and will discuss it with Sociology Assistant Professor Ryan C. Alaniz. A question-and-answer session about the book will follow. The talk is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.
Annual Cal Poly Poinsettia Sale Kicks Off With Holiday Open House Dec. 5-6
Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, with more than 2,800 plants and more than 30 different varieties and colors, will kick off at the Poly Plant Shop Holiday Open House Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6. The sale runs through mid-December. The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university’s Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project. Sizes range from small plants in four-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching four feet high. Prices are $5 to $55. The Poly Plant Shop is located in Building 48 on Via Carta Road and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the Poly Plant Shop at 805-756-1106 or visit the Poly Plant Shop website.
Cal Poly Choirs' 'A Christmas Celebration', December 6
The Music Department presents the Cal Poly Choirs' "A Christmas Celebration" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The University Singers, PolyPhonics, the Early Music Ensemble, and the Cal Poly Brass Ensemble present their annual performance of music for the holidays. Works by Antonio Vivaldi and the best arrangements of popular carols will highlight this musical spectacle. A new Spanish carol, composed by Cal Poly Professor Antonio G. Barata, will be premiered. Annual favorites such as the "Christmas Cameos" and an audience sing-a-long will be featured, as well as the traditional "Silent Night." For more
Cal Poly Symphony Fall Concert: 'Symphony at the Opera', December 7
The Music Department presents the Cal Poly Symphony's Fall Concert titled "Symphony at the Opera" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center. The Cal Poly Symphony, joined by soprano Ciera Lamborn and tenor Christopher Campbell, kicks off its 2014-15 season with some of the greatest opera music ever written. In addition to presenting solo arias, our guest artists join forces — as Mimì and Rodolfo — for a concert performance of the first act of "La Bohème," from the moment when the two lovers meet. For more
A Cappella Group Take It SLO to Present Two Holiday Performances on Dec. 7
Take It SLO, one of Cal Poly’s a cappella ensembles, will present its annual Holiday Concert at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45) on campus. The 17-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs designed to raise the holiday spirit, plus some new works and old favorites, all arranged by students. The group’s members represent a variety of majors on campus. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
An Irish Christmas, December 15
On December 15, Cal Poly Arts presents An Irish Christmas at the Cohan Center. The show starts at 7:30pm. This wildly popular show brings just about everything to the staged story – joy, hope, laughter, friendship and an exuberant celebration of life. Through bright storytelling, Celtic music and dance, seasonal song, and just a bit of “magic,” this holiday event will bring ear-to-ear smiles to audiences of all ages! More on the show
W. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital, January 9
The Music Department presents W. Terrence Spiller's Piano Recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. Concert pianist and Music Department Spiller performs Chopin's Préludes, Op. 28, along with works by Haydn, Debussy and Albeniz. Proceeds will benefit the Music Department Scholarship Fund. For more
The Hot Sardines, January 14
On Wedneday, January 14 The Hot Sardines are coming to the Cal Poly campus. The show will begin at 7:30pm in Spanos Theatre. Move over Dixieland and let the Sardines play “hot jazz” from the bygone era when live music was king. Bop ‘til you drop to their unique repertoire tinged with a little glamour, a little grit, a bit of Parisian accent, a lot of passion – and even some tap dance! All coolly wrapped into one extraordinary evening. More on the concert
Samite, January 15
Originally from Uganda, Samité's smooth vocals – accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes – have mesmerized audiences around the world. On January 15th, Samite will be coming to the PAC Pavilion at the Christopher Cohan Center for a 7:30pm performance. In the intimate Pavilion, Samité's East African music will touch everyone as he sings the songs of his people. More on the concert
Kathleen Madigan, January 16
For the past 25 years, Kathleen Madigan has been a top-rated comic voice on virtually every late-night TV show and the headliner in several Comedy Central stand-up specials. On Friday, January 16 Kathleen Madigan will be coming to the Cohan Center at 8:00pm. Understated, observational, and absolutely hilarious, Madigan proves why audiences adore her and fellow comedians like Ron White call her “the best.” (Adult content – may not be suitable for children under age 15). More on the show
Bach Week, January 20-24
Bach Week is devoted to the performance and exploration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented by the Cal Poly Music Department, events range from chamber music performed on period instruments to the collaborative performance of large vocal and instrumental works by students and professionals.
— Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m.: Join directors Thomas Davies and David Arrivée for an in-depth look at the music in the context of Bach’s life and — in the case of cantatas — as it functioned in the religious context of the Lutheran church service. Musical examples and a bit of German included. The event will be held in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218.
— Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11:10 a.m.: Guest artists Anthony Martin and David Wilson in a demonstration of Baroque performance practice and a discussion of this year's chamber concert. "The Baroque Violin" will be held in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218.
— Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m., A selection of music by composers Bach valued and from whom he learned. Performed on period instruments by Mensa Sonora California: Anthony Martin, violin; David Wilson, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord. The chamber concert "Before Bach" will be held at Mission San Luis Obispo.
— Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m.: Cal Poly's Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony and faculty join with professional guest artists to perform the music of the greatest of the Baroque masters, Johann Sebastian Bach. "Bach in the Mission V" will be held at Mission San Luis Obispo.
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Christian Elliott, January 25
On Sunday, January 25th, Cal Poly Arts presents Christian Elliott in the Cohan Center at 3:00pm. One of today’s most prominent concert organists, Elliott excels at authentic silent film accompaniment and promises great fun when he returns to the Forbes Pipe Organ, accompanying shorts by Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy and a feature film starring local silent screen star, Colleen Moore. More on the event
Cal Poly Student Piano Recital, December 2
The Music Department presents a free student piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. For more
Roberta Flack, February 4
On February 4th, Cal Poly Arts presents Roberta Flack in the Cohan Center at 7:30pm. The show will include “Killing Me Softly,” “The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face),” “Where is the Love,” “Feel Like Making Love,” “The Closer I Get to You,” and more. Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, this Grammy Award winner remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music, effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape of pop, soul, folk and jazz. More on the performance
The Second City, February 8
On February 8th at 7:00pm, The Second City is coming to Cal Poly’s, Cohan Center. It is the 55th Anniversary tour and it includes Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Martin Short, Will Ferrell, and Ryan Stiles. All great comedians, all alumni of this famed improvisation troupe. Come see SC’s 55th Anniversary Tour, filled with the best comedy created by some of the biggest names in the business, mixed up with brand-new material – some written especially about San Luis Obispo – performed by the red-hot talent of today. More on the show
Memphis, February 9
Memphis the musical is coming to Cal Poly’s Cohan Center on February 9th at 7:30pm. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis where rock 'n' roll was born, comes a hot musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. The 2010 “Best Musical” Tony Award-winner, Memphis is an incredible journey, filled with drama, laughter and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. More on the show
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, March 1
On March 1, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo is coming to Cal Poly’s Cohan Center at 7:00pm. The celebrated all-male “drag ballet corps” brings an evening of hilarity and awe back to SLO with its unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy, along with true pieces designed to show off the performers' impressive dance abilities.
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Nice Work If You Can Get It, March 11
On March 11 at 7:30pm, Cal Poly Arts presents, Nice Work If You Can Get It in the Cohan Center. Broadway's new Nice Work If You Can Get It is a sparkling, madcap tale that combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic! Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” More on the show
HAPA, March 14
On Saturday, March 14th, Cal Poly Arts presents HAPA in Spanos Theatre at 8:00pm. The New York Times calls Hapa “the most successful Hawaiian music troupe in recent history.” The group’s mellow fusion of traditional Hawaiian sound and folksy rock combines with harmonies and fluid guitar, charming fans around the globe. More on the show
Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles, March 16
Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles is coming to Cal Poly on March 16th at 7:30pm. The show will be held in the Cohan Center. Broadway’s multimedia spectacular is a stunning musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. This note-for-note theatrical event is filled with classic Beatles hits, such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude,” and so many more. More on the performance
Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli, March 19
On March 19th at 7:30pm Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli are coming to the Cohan Center on the Cal Poly campus. Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli pay homage to Nat King Cole, whose smoky, smooth vocals spawned a long string of solid hits, starting with "Straighten Up and Fly Right" in 1943. Current jazz giants Lewis and Pizzarelli have crafted a tribute to the titan of 1950s vocal pop, his hits ("Unforgettable," "Smile," "Nature Boy," "Route 66"), and those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers. More on the show
2CELLOS, March 21
On Saturday, March 21, 2CELLOS are coming to the Cohan Center at 8:00pm for an unforgettable performance. Having toured with Elton John and collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among other popular artists, these two Croatian cellists have achieved sensational international success by taking the instrument to a new level. Their innovative, passionate style breaks down the boundaries between different genres of music – from classical and film music to pop and rock, re-imagining the music for the cello. This will be a performance you do not want to miss.
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Altan, March 27
Cal Poly Arts will present Altan in Spanos Theatre on March 27th at 8:00pm. Come out to experience this memorable group. The Boston Globe has described them as “the hottest group in the Celtic realm!” For more than 25 years, Altan has been one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music on the world stage and remains a favorite of Central Coast Celtic lovers. More on the show
Mamma Mia, April 6
On April 6th, Mama Mia is coming to the Cohan Center for a 7:30pm show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical and the world’s No. 1 show! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship – where every night, everyone’s having the time of their lives! Don't miss your chance to experience this classic musical show. Pre-show lecture scheduled. More on the show
St. Lawrence String Quartet, April 9
Cal Poly Arts will present the St. Lawrence String Quartet on Thursday, April 9th. The show will begin at 7:30pm in Spanos Theatre. One of the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, the SLSQ is known for its interpretive spontaneity and fierce musical commitment. The acclaimed musicians will perform their “Haydn Discovery Session" – an in-depth exploration of the famed composer’s extraordinary string quartets.
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IRA Glass: Reinventing Radio, April 12
Come out to the Cohan Center on Sunday, April 12th for an evening with IRA Glass. The creator of the public radio show, “This American Life,” talks about his program and how it's put together, mixing stories from the show – live onstage – and combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, re-creating the sound of the show as the audience watches. The presentation on Reinventing Radio will begin at 7:00pm. More on the speaker
On Tuesday, April 14th, Cal Poly Arts presents Lila Downs. Theshow will take place in theCohan Center and will begin at 7:30pm. With a stunning, smoky voice and a multicultural vision, this Grammy winner has become one of the most innovative masters of Mesoamerican music on both sides of the border. Pre-show lecture scheduled. More on the show
Adonis Puentes, April 17
On April 17th at 8:00pm, Adonis Puentes is coming to Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre. Adonis Puentes opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music to his audiences the second they hear his rich voice and all-acoustic orchestra. Puentes' vocals are surrounded by syncopated Cuban rhythms, deep bass lines, jazzy horn arrangements, and melodic piano and guitar when the other players kick in with their tight, multi-layered arrangements. (This is a high volume performance) More on the show
The Bobs, April 18
The Bobs will be coming to Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre on Saturday, April 18th for an 8:00pm show. With their vocal mastery and an irreverent sense of humor, The Bobs are the pinnacle of a cappella music. Called “a band without instruments,” The Bobs use just their voices and body percussion to fill a room with an orchestra of harmonious sound and comedy, performing unique covers and original tunes. More on the show
Faculty Chamber Ensemble Concert, April 24
Members of the faculty will perform as part of the Faculty Chamber Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. The event will include masterworks of chamber music, including beloved gems and less-known works. The evening shows what is possible when faculty artists put what they preach into practice. Tickets are $5 at the door. The event was rescheduled from the original April 3 performance.
Paul Taylor Dance Company, April 25
Paul Taylor Dance Company will be coming to the Cohan Center for a performance on Saturday, April 25th at 8:00pm. Over his six decades as a world-renowned choreographer, Paul Taylor’s work covers an amazingly wide palette: from the lovely, warmly human to the terrifyingly grotesque to everything between those two poles. The range of emotions is extraordinary, full of vitality and often filled with wicked humor. Pre-show lecture scheduled. More on the performance
Gary Beard & Ryan Anthony, April 26
Cal Poly Arts will present Gary Beard & Ryan Anthony on Sunday, April 26th. The show will be held in the Cohan Center on the Cal Poly campus. This organ/trumpet duo will bring a unique and energetic blend of instrumentation to the PAC in this Forbes Pipe Organ Series afternoon concert, including music by Pachelbel, Mozart, Albinoni, and Faure, plus music by film composer Ennio Morricone, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. More on the show
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions of Cape Breton & Beyond, May 3
At 7:00pm on May 3rd, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are coming to Cal Poly for a performance. The show will be held in the Cohan Center. Electrifying Celtic fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy – each a much beloved musician – highlight the unique talents, influences and stories of the gifted Leahy clan when their children share the stage. Celtic dancers and singers from their hometowns of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Lakefield, Ontario join the “First Family of Fiddlers” in a celebrated musical and personal journey. Pre-show lecture scheduled. More on the performance
The Assad Brothers: 50th Anniversary Tour, May 14
The Assad Brothers are coming to Cal Poly on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them and invited renowned artists, such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to work with them. Don't miss out on this showcase of talent held in the Cohan Center at Cal Poly. A pre-show lecture is scheduled.
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“Whose Live Anyway?” May 28
Cal Poly Arts will present, “Whose Live Anyway?” on May 28th in the Cohan Center. The show will begin at 7:30pm. Stand-up is fun, improv is funnier! Following their two sold-out performances at the PAC in seasons past, Ryan Stiles and his band of madcap comic mischief-makers are back with a hilarious new evening of star-quality improvisation and plenty of audience participation. A perfect way to cap off the 2014-15 season! More on the show