Classical Ballet:  Feb. 8 – MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET

Classical Violin:  Feb. 9 – JOSHUA BELL

San Luis Obispo, California: On Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts presents the renowned Moscow Festival Ballet’s full-scale production of Adolph Adam’s romantic, sweeping ballet masterpiece, Giselle.

Direct from Russia and featuring 50+ performers, the Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989, bringing together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across Russia perform around the world in such timeless classics as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.

“This was a (performance) that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Free pre-show lecture presented by Cal Poly Dance Dept. faculty emeritus Moon Ja Minn Suhr at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Philips Lecture Hall.

Student and Adult Tickets: $30 – $66

Ballet sponsored by Lois Cleworth, Patricia McNamara in loving memory of Francis McNamara, Lou & Ann Robinson, and Woodstock’s Pizza

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Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Joshua Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, sheer beauty of tone, and charismatic stage presence. Bell’s restless curiosity, passion and universal appeal have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.”

On Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Cohan Center, Joshua Bell performs in recital with celebrated pianist Sam Haywood, offering a program that includes Tartini’s Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10 “Devil’s Trill Sonata;” Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 10, Op. 96; Stravinsky’s Divertimento for Violin and Piano (after “The Fairy’s Kiss”); and Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34.

“An exhilarating evening of chamber music at its finest…Bell hung wistfully onto the high notes, flexing his musical muscle on the powerful octave double stops. Haywood fit snugly into the texture, never too bold, always assertive.” – The Birmingham News

A free pre-show lecture led by Cal Poly Music professor David Arrivée is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Philips Lecture Hall.

Student and Adult Tickets: $35 – $90

Recital sponsored by Jay & Carol Devore and KCBX 90.1 FM

All tickets 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.  805/756-4849

Order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

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