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"IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA"

The Met: Live in HD
Rossin's

"IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA"

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Cohan Center
9:55 am

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

Sponsored by Lou & Ann Robinson

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AUDRA McDONALD

Pop/Rock/Vocals

AUDRA McDONALD

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

Winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards and two Grammys, the Broadway superstar and charming “Live From Lincoln Center” host dazzles audiences with favorite showtunes and songs from her new album, Go Back Home – her most personal recording to date.

“Absolutely thrilling…a defining voice of our time.”
— The New York Times

"The most exquisite singing being done on a New York City stage right now is by Audra McDonald.”
— Huffington Post

Sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites, San Luis Obispo

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BRIAN REGAN

A Center Stage Event

BRIAN REGAN

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

One of the hardest working and most respected comedians in the country – selling out theatres from coast to coast, including a Rotary de Tolosa fundraiser at the PAC – Brian Regan counts Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt and David Letterman among his biggest fans.

"Brian Regan can turn the most mundane situations — like going to the eye doctor to get fitted for glasses, or trying to decide how many fig newtons to eat in one sitting — into side-splitting stand-up material.” — Peoria Journal Star

“He is one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians.”
— Jerry Seinfeld

Sponsored by Central Coast Mortgage Consultants, Central Coast Suites - A Quality Suites Hotel, KJUG 98.1 FM, Popolo Catering


 

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"AN IRISH CHRISTMAS"

World Music/Dance

"AN IRISH CHRISTMAS"

Monday, December 15, 2014
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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!


“The crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening.”  — The Village News

Sponsored by Claudia Gilbert, Rabobank, Woodstock’s Pizza 

 

 Tour sponsor: Tourism Ireland

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"MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE"

A Center Stage Event

"MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE"

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Spanos Theatre
7 pm

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! – the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring television and film actor Peter Story – is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on 1990s New York Times #1 best-selling book by the same name, written by famed author John Gray.

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! is more than just “the book.” Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical production will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they recognize themselves on stage.

According to Peter Story, the star of this nationwide tour, “(This show) is a great recipe for a night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book. A delicious evening of entertainment.” (Ages 17+)

 

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"DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG"

The Met: Live in HD
Wagner's

"DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG"

Encore Screening

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Cohan Center
2 pm

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy — back at the Met for the first time in eight years — about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.


Run time: 6 hours

Sponsored by Linda Groover in memory of Darrell Groover 

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THE HOT SARDINES

Pop/Rock/Vocals

THE HOT SARDINES

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Spanos Theatre
7:30 PM

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.

“Unforgettably wild…and consistently electrifying…a live music powerhouse.”  — PopMatters

Sponsored by Provost Kathleen Enz Finken, Holiday Inn Express, K-JEWEL 1400 AM/106.5 FM 

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SAMITÉ

World Music/Dance

SAMITÉ

Thursday, January 15, 2015
PAC Pavilion
Christopher Cohan Center
7:30 PM

Originally from Uganda, Samité's smooth vocals – accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes – have mesmerized audiences around the world. In the intimate Pavilion, Samité's East African music will touch everyone as he sings the songs of his people.

“Samité wraps his warm voice around melodies that seem to rise up off the Ugandan plateau, caressed by his kalimbas and other native instruments." — Billboard Magazine 

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KATHLEEN MADIGAN

Comedy

KATHLEEN MADIGAN

Friday, January 16, 2015
Cohan Center
8:00 PM

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. 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)

“The funniest comic in America, bar none.”  — Lewis Black

Sponsored by Linda McGregor, New Times 

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"THE MERRY WIDOW"

The Met: Live in HD
Lehar's

"THE MERRY WIDOW"

New Production

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Cohan Center
9:55 am

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.


Run time: 2 hours, 57 minutes

Sponsored by CF Buetow in memory of Charlotte Buetow

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TROMBONE SHORTY

A Center Stage Event

TROMBONE SHORTY

& ORLEANS AVENUE

Friday, January 23, 2015
Spanos Theatre
8 PM

Called "New Orleans' brightest new star in a generation" by NPR, Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) has rocketed into the public eye over the past few years. Recent career highlights include closing the New Orleans Jazz Festival, appearing in a Lenny Kravitz documentary, releasing the acclaimed Say That to Say This, regular appearances on the acclaimed HBO series, "Treme," and stopping the show at last May's Avila Beach Blues Festival.

The Grammy-nominated musician and his band, Orleans Avenue, know how to get a crowd going with their infectious, high-octane blend of tight funk, jazz-rock and slinky R&B – or, as they like to call it: “Supafunkrock.” An “unstoppable force” (The New York Times) in today’s music scene, Shorty brings all the rock star swagger with serious chops to back it up. Get ready for a brash and bold music party! (High volume performance)

Co-presented with Otter Productions, Inc.

(High volume performance)

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CHRISTIAN ELLIOTT

Forbes Pipe Organ & Film

CHRISTIAN ELLIOTT

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cohan Center
3:00 PM

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.

Sponsored by Bert & Candace Forbes, Donald & Bethany Griffiths 

More information about CHRISTIAN ELLIOTT »


"LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN"

The Met: Live in HD
Offenbach's

"LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN"

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Cohan Center
9:55 am

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines — each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.


Run time: 3 hours, 46 minutes

Sponsored by Dr. Bianca Rosenthal 

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ROBERTA FLACK

Pop/Rock/Vocals

ROBERTA FLACK

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

“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.


Sponsored by Roy & Linda Rawlings, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, KCBX 90.1 FM 

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THE SECOND CITY

Comedy

THE SECOND CITY

55th Anniversary Tour

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Cohan Center
7:00 PM

Tina Fey. Steve Carrell. Stephen Colbert. Martin Short. Will Ferrell. 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.

“The greatest thing about Second City was having a sophisticated audience night after night who appreciated what it was.”  — Steve Carrell

Sponsored by Sharon & Jeff Armstrong, Patricia McNamara in loving memory of Francis McNamara, New Times 

More information about THE SECOND CITY »


"MEMPHIS"

Theatre

"MEMPHIS"

Monday, February 9, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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. (Adult content ­– may not be suitable for children under age 15)


(This is a high volume performance)

Pre-show lecture scheduled

“A knockout! Memphis, quite simply, ROCKS!”  — NY1 News

Memphis blasts you out the door humming
and happy!”
— NY Daily News

Sponsored by Gordon & Julia Held and Ray & Coleen Mattison, Joan Gellert-Sargen, La Cuesta Inn 

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"IOLANTA" / "BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE"

The Met: Live in HD
Tchaikovsky's/Bartok's

"IOLANTA" / "BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE"

Double Encore Screening/New Production

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Cohan Center
2 pm

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.


Run time: 3 hours, 39 minutes

Sponsored by Phyllis & Robert Frank 

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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO

Ballet

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Cohan Center
7:00 PM

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. As The Telegraph explained: “The extraordinary skill of the Trocks proves that to undo ballet, one must first be able to do ballet.”

“The Trocks are a guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals."  — The Sydney Star Observer 

More information about LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO »


"NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT"

Theatre

"NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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.”

“Who could ask for anything more!” — New York Magazine

Sponsored by Libbie Agran & Guy Fitzwater 

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HAPA

World Music/Dance

HAPA

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Spanos Theatre
8:00 PM

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.

“It is not an overstatement (to say) that HAPA actually encompasses the past, present and future of Polynesian music."  — San Francisco Examiner Magazine

Sponsored by Anne M. Brown & Family, Central Coast Printing, Santa Maria Sun  

More information about HAPA »


"LA DONNA DEL LAGO"

The Met: Live in HD
Rossini's

"LA DONNA DEL LAGO"

Encore Screening / Met Premiere

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Cohan Center
2 pm

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.


Run time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Sponsored by Francesca Fairbrother and Barbara Murphy

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"RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES"

Theatre

"RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES"

Monday, March 16, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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.
(This is a high volume performance)

"The next best thing to seeing The Beatles!”  — The Denver Post

“A two-hour homage to pop music’s most
brilliant gem.”
— Los Angeles Times

Sponsored by Sheila Tiber, Dr. Elaine K. Yin 

More information about "RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES" »


RAMSEY LEWIS & JOHN PIZZARELLI

Pop/Rock/Vocals

RAMSEY LEWIS & JOHN PIZZARELLI

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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.

Pre-show lecture scheduled 

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2CELLOS

Live Music/Concerts

2CELLOS

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Cohan Center
8:00 PM

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.

“Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the ‘60s…” — Elton John

Sponsored by Arthur & Joyce Duarte 

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ALTAN

World Music/Dance

ALTAN

Friday, March 27, 2015
Spanos Theatre
8:00 PM

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.

“Altan continues to be one of the Celtic world’s great treasures, gifted with a front line that is a sheer powerhouse.” — Los Angeles Times

Sponsored by Family & Industrial Medical Center

More information about ALTAN »


"MAMMA MIA!"

Theatre

"MAMMA MIA!"

Monday, April 6, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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!

Pre-show lecture scheduled

“This high-energy musical brings happiness wherever it goes!”  — Time Magazine

Sponsored by Lucia Cleveland & Paul Vanderheyden, KSBY TV, Matrix Mobile Television, Radiology Associates 

More information about "MAMMA MIA!" »


ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET

Classical Music

ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spanos Theatre
7:30 PM

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.


“A sound that has just about everything one wants from a quartet: most notably, precision, warmth and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment.”
— The New York Times

Sponsored by Joseph Schwartz, M.D. & Barbara Schwartz Boom in memory of Nancy Speed, M.D., The Tribune/
SanLuisObispo.com 

More information about ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET »


IRA GLASS

Speakers
An Evening With

IRA GLASS

Reinventing Radio

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Cohan Center
7:00 PM

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 evening is akin to an intimate lecture on storytelling.”  — The Rebel Yell

Sponsored by (iii) Design, KCBX 90.1 FM,
New Times 

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LILA DOWNS

World Music/Dance

LILA DOWNS

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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

“Ms. Downs, whose songs revolve around the dignity of Mexican immigrants, presented herself like a rock star.”
— The New York Times

Sponsored by Jodi Mello & Barry Goyette, KCBX 90.1 FM, Popolo Catering 

More information about LILA DOWNS »


ADONIS PUENTES

World Music/Dance

ADONIS PUENTES

& The Voice of Cuba Orchestra

Friday, April 17, 2015
Spanos Theatre
8:00 PM

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)

“A winning formula: original compositions richly imbued with tradition; superb arrangements with an international flavor; and a world-class band that del-ivers with great precision.”  — Latin Jazz Network 

Sponsored by Ken & Tricia Volk

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THE BOBS

Pop/Rock/Vocals

THE BOBS

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Spanos Theatre
8:00 PM

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.

“The Bobs prove that the human voice remains the most powerful instrument of all.”  — The Washington Post

Sponsored by Tom & Susan Stenovec, The Apple Farm Inn 

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PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

Contemporary Dance

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Cohan Center
8:00 PM

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. Program: Syzygy, Beloved Renegade, Piazzolla Caldera

Pre-show lecture scheduled

“The most inventive and versatile choreographer alive today…One of the few indisputably great dance companies in the world.” — New York Post

Sponsored by Barbara Bell, Jay & Carol Devore, Dr. Moon Ja
Minn & Paul Suhr 

Supported also in part by grant funding from Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

More information about PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY »


GARY BEARD & RYAN ANTHONY

Forbes Pipe Organ Recital

GARY BEARD & RYAN ANTHONY

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Cohan Center

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.


“Heavenly sounds...the duo has great onstage chemistry...fluidity and finesse."  — The Memphis Appeal

Sponsored by Bert & Candace Forbes 

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NATALIE MacMASTER / DONNELL LEAHY

World Music/Dance

NATALIE MacMASTER / DONNELL LEAHY

Visions of Cape Breton & Beyond

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Cohan Center
7 pm

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


Sponsored by Linda McGregor, Dr. Marianne & Mitchell Wolf, KCBX 90.1 FM 

More information about NATALIE MacMASTER / DONNELL LEAHY »


THE ASSAD BROTHERS

Classical Music

THE ASSAD BROTHERS

50th Anniversary Tour

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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.

Pre-show lecture scheduled


"...Latin American music and European classics, original compositions, deep musicality, and supple — almost telepathic — guitar duo performances.”
— San Francisco Classical Voice

Sponsored by James R. Landreth in memory of Esther Landreth
 

More information about THE ASSAD BROTHERS »


"CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA" / "PAGLIACCI"

The Met: Live in HD
Mascagni's / Leoncavallo's

"CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA" / "PAGLIACCI"

Double Encore Screening/New Production

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Cohan Center
2 pm

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Run time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Sponsored by Carol & Bill Rust

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"WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?"

Comedy

"WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?"

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 PM

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!


“All you have to do is listen to what people are saying to you, and then just add more information to what they've just said. That's all there is to improv, but it's the hardest thing to do." — Ryan Stiles

Sponsored by Bert & Candace Forbes, New Times, Q104.5 FM 

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