CAL POLY ARTS announces its exciting new 2014-15 season, presenting more than 40 diverse programs at the Performing Arts Center: from returning audience favorites like the BLUE MAN GROUP, the WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY gang, PAUL TAYLOR DANCE and recent record-breaking Tony Award-winning songstress AUDRA McDONALD, to the Central Coast premieres of Broadway’s MAMMA MIA!, MEMPHIS, AN IRISH CHRISTMAS and the Natalie MacMaster/Donnell Leahy fiddling showcase, VISIONS OF CAPE BRETON & BEYOND.

Jazz greats RAMSEY LEWIS and JOHN PIZZARELLI pay tribute to Nat King Cole and saxophone superstar BRANFORD MARSALIS goes classical.  England’s prestigious Globe Theatre brings us KING LEAR and Chicago’s comedy center sends us THE SECOND CITY.  Cal Poly Arts has dozens more performances, spanning world culture (Celtic, Cuban, Croatian and more!), classical music (chamber orchestras and organ recitals), comedy stand-up and speakers, contemporary dance and drag-ballet divas, plus family-friendly shows like the popular SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

“I’m absolutely thrilled with our 2014-15 season,” declared Cal Poly Arts Director Steve Lerian. “I’m particularly excited about introducing new artists and companies like Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre, and 2Cellos to our Central Coast audience.  And the quality and depth of our Broadway shows, including Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and the Rain Beatles tribute, is the best we’ve offered in years.  Take a look at the 43 events we have coming up – I’m betting we’ve made choosing your subscription shows very easy!”

Browse through the list below, view the attached brochure PDF and visit www.calpolyarts.org to find out more about the eclectic season that has something for everyone!

Season discount subscriptions are on sale now, with savings of up to 15% and advance priority seating.  Individual show tickets go on sale to the public August 1.

For more information, contact lwoske@calpoly.edu. (Hi-res photos available)

BROADWAY & THEATRE

Basetrack

Chicago

Globe Theatre – King Lear

Mamma Mia!

Memphis

Nice Work If You Can Get it

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

CLASSICAL MUSIC

The Assad Brothers

Gary Beard & Ryan Anthony, Forbes Pipe Organ Recital

Christian Elliott, Forbes Pipe Organ Recital

Branford Marsalis with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Dorothy Riess, Forbes Pipe Organ Recital

St. Lawrence String Quartet

COMEDY & SPEAKERS

Dave Barry

Ira Glass

Kathleen Madigan

The Second City

Whose Live Anyway?

DANCE

Diavolo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Paul Taylor Dance Company

POP/ROCK/JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

2Cellos

The Bobs

The Dunwells

Roberta Flack

Get the Led Out

The Hot Sardines

Ramsey Lewis/John Pizzarelli

Audra McDonald

WORLD MUSIC & DANCE

Altan

Lila Downs

Hapa

Natalie MacMaster/Donnell Leahy, Visions of Cape Breton & Beyond

Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra

Samité

The StepCrew

FAMILY

An Irish Christmas

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

CENTER STAGE

Blue Man Group

Brian Regan

SPECIAL EVENTS

The MET: Live in HD