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"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 at 6:30 pm in the PAC Pavilion, led by PCPA's Erik Stein.

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

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

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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 

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IRA GLASS

Speakers
An Afternoon With

IRA GLASS

Reinventing Radio

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Cohan Center
3:00 PM

Schedule change: Please note new 3 pm curtain time

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. Special Q&A included!

“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 

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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)

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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 

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THE PIANO GUYS

A Center Stage Event

THE PIANO GUYS

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 pm

What began as an experiment and then exploded into an Internet phenomenon has now evolved into an incredible success story. THE PIANO GUYS – four talented dads from Utah – have climbed the Great Wall of China for their craft, landed atop Billboard charts, sold out tour dates around the world, accrued a massive social media following and scored YouTube viewership at 500+ million hits and counting.

This unique PAC concert will feature their ultimate mash-up of classical music and pop, demonstrating why THE PIANO GUYS are a viral sensation across the country and around the world!

(High volume performance)

Sponsored by KSBY TV

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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
 

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"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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BOZ SCAGGS

A Center Stage Event

BOZ SCAGGS

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 pm

A casual listen to the Boz Scaggs discography makes one thing obvious: Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His explorations in blues, R&B, rock and jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal following, and an enduring respect among musicians.

After a stint with fellow Texan, Steve Miller, on several albums, Boz struck out on his own. 1975 brought the multi-platinum release, Silk Degrees, featuring hits like “Lowdown,” which won the Grammy Award for “Best R&B Song”, “Lido Shuffle,” “What Can I Say” and the ballad “We’re All Alone,” which became a worldwide hit for Rita Coolidge.

Today, 20 releases and a Grammy later, Boz Scaggs continues to work with Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald as The Dukes of September even as he launches his own tour on the heels of his new album release, A Fool to Care, on March 31.

High volume performance
 

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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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EDDIE IZZARD

A Center Stage Event

EDDIE IZZARD

Force Majeure World Tour

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Cohan Center
7:30 p.m.

He’s been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of this generation. He takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizarre tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives. He is the first to admit that he gets well paid for talking total bollocks. The good pay is because unlike the bollocks most of us talk, he's funny!

“Sheer Comic Genius. His humor reflects the scattershot lunacy of Monty Python, but with flashes of Robin Williams’ manic energy and a sophisticated silliness that is entirely his own. He is the most brilliant stand-up comedian of his generation.” - The New York Times

"He walks onstage to the roaring tumult usually reserved for rock stars and soon has the audience busting a gut about the Spanish Inquisition and chaos theory. Such is the phenomenon of Eddie Izzard, funniest man, in, well, pretty much all of the known universe."  – The LA Times

“He has the acid snap of a white Richard Pryor and John Cleese calls him the funniest man in England and the "Lost Python." No surprise: Izzard's whimsical, sophisticated and often bizarre monologues do delve deeply into Monty-Python-like absurdity.” – Toronto Star

(Adult content; ages 17+)  Tickets range from $40 - $75

Limit six (6) tickets per order.


 

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LA GUITARRA CALIFORNIA 2015 FESTIVAL

Special Event

LA GUITARRA CALIFORNIA 2015 FESTIVAL

A Three-Day Festival: 9/25-27

Friday, September 25, 2015

Varies

The 2015 LA GUITARRA CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL will be held at the Performing Arts Center on September 25-27.

Tickets for the Festival are on sale now.

This three-day classical guitar event is presented by Cal Poly Arts and will feature 16 world-renowned international artists, hailing from the United States, Spain, England, Russia, Italy, Ireland, Chile, Croatia, France, and Scotland. The master musicians will perform in 10 concerts, with several of them participating in five master classes, open to the public.

The Festival will also feature two unique guitar auctions, a display of original guitar-related artwork that will be for sale, and 40 guitar-makers exhibiting their handmade instruments at the Vendor Fair.

Full Festival details can be found at: www.laguitarracalifornia.com

Tickets for the concerts and master classes range from $10 - $42 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus. Order online at www.pacslo.org.

Sponsored by KCBX 90.1 FM, with additional support provided by Central Coast Suites/A Quality Suites Hotel and by La Cuesta Inn.

ARTISTS SCHEDULED:

The Romero Guitar Quartet 

Roland Dyens 

Ana Vidovic 

Vladimir Gorbach 

Massimo Delle Cese 

Carlos Pérez 

Tony Harmon 

Nathan Towne 

Agnew-McAllister Duo 

Jácome Flamenco Trio 

FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Central Coast Suites/A Quality Suites Hotel, KCBX 90.1 FM, La Cuesta Inn, Popolo Catering

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