CAL POLY ARTS has been the premier professional presenter of high-level quality performing arts for over a quarter century.

The new 2012/13 season promises to be one of their most exciting and dynamic ever, with more than 40 performances to inspire and entertain.

Individual show tickets go on sale as of 11 a.m., July 31 at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

There are no more additional fees added on to ticket prices – what you see is the “out-the-door” price you pay. Plus, parking is now sponsored by the Performing Arts Center, so there are no more added-on parking fees.

Order all tickets online at or call the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 756-4TIX (4849).

Season subscriptions, offering significant discounts and early-bird seating priority, are still available via order form on the Cal Poly Arts website and by calling the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

“Central Coast residents are really enjoying our fresh new brochure format – big, bold, and colorful, much like the touring season we’ve booked!” observes Steve Lerian, Cal Poly Arts director. “Our 42 diverse events offer something for Broadway lovers, classical music buffs, laugh seekers, dance enthusiasts, world culture fans, families, jazz aficionados, as well as for those who enjoy an engaging Speaker Series.  Brisk subscription renewals and new subscribers joining us indicates that this is one of our most accessible seasons yet.”

Lerian adds: “And if you’re in line to buy single tickets the morning of the 31st, Cal Poly Arts will be there at 9 a.m. with coffee, refreshments, video highlights, and music to keep you company!  The first 25 people in line get special Buy One/Get One free certificates, so don’t hang out on the Internet buying your seats – come hang out with us!”


STAGE SHOWS:  New Broadway musical touring shows include the sumptuous story and delightful score of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast;” the wacky musical woes of “Menopause the Musical;” and the rockin’ journey that is “HAIR.” Expect to be amazed when the Blue Man Group comes to town and expect to be amused when William Shatner holds forth, discussing life’s adventures in this galaxy and beyond.  Patrons who enjoy Gilbert & Sullivan can set sail with “The Pirates of Penzance” and find a “thinking man’s clown” in Avner the Eccentric.

COMEDY:  Get ready to laugh loud and long when British favorite Eddie Izzard offers insightful and surreal comedy and the bi-partisan Capitol Steps skewer politics with a pre-election musical satire.  Then enjoy outrageous Americana Kodachrome kitsch and commentary with Charles Phoenix and his “Big Retro Slide Show.”

MUSICAL CONCERTS run the gamut with The Irish Tenors singing with the San Luis Obispo Symphony; Spanish guitarist extraordinaire Jesse Cook; and beloved trumpeter Doc Severinsen leading the San Miguel Five.  Wynton Marsalis returns with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and iconic Elvis Costello returns with just his music in a solo acoustic show.

CLASSICAL MUSIC:  Beethoven’s entire cycle of string quartets will be featured in a six show/six ensemble series over the next two seasons, with this season’s performances by the Ariel, American String, and Pacifica Quartets. The acclaimed Russian National Orchestra fills the Cohan Center and hip Cameron Carpenter re-visits the Forbes Pipe Organ after last season’s multi-standing ovation performance.

SPEAKERS:  The series expands with “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor, Food Network favorite Alton Brown, politics’ favorite bi-partisan couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and National Geographic Channel’s reptile wrangler, Brady Barr.

WORLD MUSIC/DANCE is plentiful with the African Children’s Choir, Delhi 2 Dublin, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and the U.K.’s Black Watch/Bands of the Scots Guards.

DANCE enthusiasts can look forward to the return of the JumpBrush Pacific Coast Dance Convergence, San Francisco’s innovative Joe Goode Performance Group, Canada’s Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, “Flamenco Vivo!” with guitarist Paco Peña, sexy slink with the Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble, and the classic “Sleeping Beauty” performed by the Russian National Ballet.

FAMILY fare includes Halloween with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Valentine’s Day with a Dinosaur Petting Zoo, as well as evenings spent with the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China and Circa, delivering 61 circus acts in 60 minutes! And all ages will love the antics of the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre.

In addition to the season offerings, Cal Poly Arts has again partnered with Opera San Luis Obispo for a third season of THE MET: LIVE IN HD. Shown on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, this continuing season series will feature 12 high-definition live transmissions to the Cohan Center large screen from the Metropolitan Opera’s stage in New York City.  (Tickets on sale to the general public Sept. 4)

Full season show and ticket ordering information, as well as artist and show website links, are available online at