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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 CompanyPaul 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

Natalia MacMaster & Donnell LeahyAt 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

Cal Poly Theatre & Dance Department to Present ‘Spike Heels’ May 7-16

woman's legs in red spike heelsCal Poly’s Theatre & Dance Department will present Theresa Rebeck’s serio-comedy, “Spike Heels,” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9 and 14-16, in the Spanos Theatre.

A contemporary interpretation of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play “Pygmalion,” Rebeck’s “Spike Heels” also explores the complex relationships and emerging power dynamic of the play’s characters: Georgie, Andrew, Edward and Lydia. After Andrew begins teaching Georgie about culture through the study of language, Andrew’s previous engagement to Lydia is interrupted. Simultaneously, Edward’s treatment of Georgie reveals Andrew’s intentions. As vulnerabilities, passions, emotions and lust push the characters toward their breaking points, the characters in turn surprise themselves and each other.

For full details, visit the CLA website

The Assad Brothers: 50th Anniversary Tour, May 14

Assad BrothersThe 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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Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach, May 16

Bring the kids and the camera and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16. The spring open house will feature interactive displays, including special touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “Discover Scuba” experience and more. This is a walking tour; safety rules require everyone wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels). More on the event

Noir Saxophone Quartet to Give an Afternoon Performance, May 16

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a recital by the Noir Saxophone Quartet at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45) on campus. Based in Los Angeles, the Noir Saxophone Quartet was formed in May 2013. Lee Worley Raby, Laura Kramer and Cameron Domingues will perform on soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. The May 16 Noir Quartet performance will include music written for saxophone quartet by David Maslanka, Tim Davies, J.S. Bach and Eugène Bozza. The concert is free and open to the public. More on the show

Cal Poly Brass Groups to Perform ‘All That Brass!’ May 21

The Cal Poly Brass Ensembles, featuring many of the university's top brass players, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.   The concert, titled “All That Brass!” will feature Cal Poly’s Brass Choir and Trumpet Ensemble performing compositions and arrangements by composers J.S. Bach and Chris Hazell. The free, public concert will be in the sanctuary of the church at 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. More on the show

Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble to Present ‘The Glory of Venice’ May 22

The Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble will present its annual spring concert, this year titled “The Glory of Venice,” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.  The concert will feature 15 student musicians performing works from 1530-1630 — the years that Venice was a major music center. Music Professor Thomas Davies will conduct the ensemble. Tickets are $14 for the public, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. More on the show

“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


Comedian Eddie Izzard to perform at Cal Poly, June 10

On Wednesday, June 10 in the Cohan Center, Eddie Izzard will take the stage. Known for his comic presense, he takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizarre tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. More on the event


The International Conference for Graphic Arts Educators, July 5-10

The Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department will host the International Conference for Graphic Arts Educators in July to address critical issues facing the industry. The conference, from July 5-10, coincides with the 70th anniversary of graphic communication education at Cal Poly. Presentations will focus on the future of the graphic communication industry and workforce preparation. More on the conference

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