Cal Poly Music Department Presents ‘RSVP XXIV: Invitation’ May 28, 30

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will stage its annual transmedia concert, this year titled “RSVP XXIV: Invitation,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, May 28 and 30, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

This is the 24th season of the series, which combines a variety of media elements including music, dance, costume and lighting to convey its story. This year’s production is a thoughtful trace of a famous rock star’s life, the choices he faces during his career, his rise to iconic fame and artistic influence and the invitation to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“This show answers the question: What do heavy metal, a promised land and aliens have to do with each other?” said RSVP Artistic Director Antonio G. Barata, a Cal Poly Music Department faculty member. “The production showcases themes of inspiration, consumerism, darkness and legacy as we follow an aspiring rock star’s rise to fame, and the challenges that follow his success.”

The composition, performance, soundscape and staging combine the creativity of students in Barata’s Sound Design classes with choreography by Evan Ricaurté, an architecture senior.

Barata, the founder of the Sound Design Program, said it gives music students the skills and exposure to the technology needed to create the production. His students create the media elements involved to bring the show to life.

Tickets are $14. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The performances are sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit the department’s calendar website.

Links
— Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center: maps.calpoly.edu/place/bldg-006-0
— Cal Poly Ticket Office: tickets.calpoly.edu
— Cal Poly Music Department Calendar: music.calpoly.edu/calendar

Contact: Michele Abba
805-756-2406; mabba@calpoly.edu

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