Oct. 4, 2016

Contact: Lisa Woske

805/756-4849; www.calpolyarts.org

Animals from the wild and musicians from New York at the PAC this month

"Wild Kingdom" host Peter Gros

San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – All animals, all the time. “Mutual of Omaha's ‘Wild Kingdom’” on Animal Planet was one of the most well-known and longest-running wildlife series on television, winning 41 Emmys.

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, the original Mutual of Omaha’s legendary “Wild Kingdom” host PETER GROS will entertain Cal Poly Arts audiences of all ages with a live multimedia stage production, filled with exotic animals, adventure discussions and hilarious bloopers from past shows. Some lucky members of the audience will even be able to join in the fun on stage.

For years, Mr. Gros has provided the link between the original series and new specials. He ensures that the new specials remain true to the heritage of the beloved original series. An animal expert in his own right, Mr. Gros is well known for his shows in Africa with lions and cheetahs; white sharks in Australia; rhinos in a Nepal; polar bears and grizzly bears in Alaska, and crocodiles in Costa Rica, just to name a few. He is a frequent guest on "Live with Kelly" and numerous other national morning and late night shows, with his animal ambassadors educating with humor and sharing his love for animals. Mr. Gros has also had the privilege of presenting events twice at the White House.

Student and adult tickets range from $20.80 - $46. (Ages 5+)

This event is sponsored by June Gersten in loving memory of Roy Gersten, Rabobank, Simas & Associates, Wild 106.1 FM, Woodstock’s Pizza

The Mozart Orchestra of New York

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly Arts proudly presents THE MOZART ORCHESTRA OF NEW YORK, conducted by celebrated American conductor, Gerard Schwarz.

“(Maestro) Gerard Schwarz can look back at an irrefutable legacy.” (Gramophone Magazine)

Acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished musicians, the Mozart Orchestra of New York performs a diverse repertoire under Schwarz, who also serves as its Music Director. The Cohan Center evening will feature a program comprised of Mozart’s final three symphonic compositions: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550, and Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter.”

The Mozart Orchestra of New York was created as a collaborative project between Maestro Schwarz and the New York Chamber Soloists, who act as the principal players. Over the past few years, the New York Chamber Soloists have also performed concerts as a “conductorless” chamber orchestra together with such distinguished soloists as violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Menahem Pressler, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and guitarist Sharon Isbin at major venues like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, UCLA Live, Mondavi Center, and the Kravis Center.

A free pre-concert lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the Philips Lecture Hall, hosted by Cal Poly Music Dept. professor David Arrivée.

Student and adult tickets range from $32 - $70.

The evening is sponsored by CF Buetow in memory of Charlotte Buetow, Jay & Carol Devore, John & Marcia Lindvall, Alpha Fire Sprinkler Corp.

Cal Poly Arts
All tickets 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; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at www.calpolyarts.org.

For more information on all Cal Poly Arts events, including audio and video samples, please visit www.calpolyarts.org.

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