On Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts proudly presents Spanish guitar master PACO PEÑA and the fiery dancers who embrace the vivid and colorful showcase, “Flamenco Vivo!”

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.  Flamenco Vivo! embodies all the passion, grace and fire that we have come to expect from this exciting art form, but under Peña’s direction, the audience becomes aware of the nuances, the range of rhythms, and the compelling nature of flamenco. Peña explores the trance-inducing tribal roots of flamenco: from the alboreá to the razor-sharp complexity of the bulería – all while keeping the audience captivated with dramatic compositions, fantastic guitar work, and passion-filled dancers.

Since 1970, Peña has performed regularly with his own hand-picked company of dancers, guitarists and singers in a succession of groundbreaking shows. The New York Times declared that “Mr. Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colourist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.” And readers of Guitar magazine judged Paco Peña as “Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year” for five consecutive years.

On tour, the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company has taken flamenco into the realm of music-theatre with regular seasons in London (Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Barbican), engagements throughout the United States, and festival appearances in Edinburgh, Adelaide, Amsterdam, Athens, Israel, Istanbul, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

A free pre-show lecture will be led by Cal Poly Music. Dept. professor Ken Habib, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC’s Philips Recital Hall.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $30 to $54 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

Sponsored by John Lindsay & Leslie Ward, Dr. John & Marcia Lindvall, and KCBX 90.1 FM.

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