San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – On Sunday, October 8, 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly Arts presents legendary actor/comedian BILL MURRAY starring with musician Jan Vogler & Friends in “NEW WORLDS,” an eclectic American arts celebration.

Bill Murray surprises again with the versatility of his talent, teaming up with acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler to present a spirited evening of music and literature. In this rare live appearance, Murray – as both singer and narrator – brings his irresistible charm and wit to songs by Foster, Gershwin, Mancini, and Bernstein, as well as readings of classic American poetry and prose (Think Twain and Thurber), in dialogue with Vogler’s singing Stradivari cello.

“Watching Murray deliver a passage from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn … it was as though the novel had been tailored to the beloved actor’s talents.”  – Billboard Magazine

“Murray ensured things wouldn’t be too stuffy when he launched into an over-the-top rendition of “I Feel Pretty” and “America” from West Side Story. With a hearty helping of deadpan expressions and ebullient hand gestures, the moment was pure joy, both for the crowd and the performers onstage.” – Billboard Magazine

“I am bathing in this experience, really. I can’t get enough of it.” – Bill Murray

Murray and Vogler met on an airplane several years ago and after becoming intrigued by each other’s artistic worlds, they developed their “New Worlds” program as an opportunity to perform together in an event that explores American values in music and literature and showcases the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. The performance also features vibrant and driving artistry by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez. Decca Gold will soon release a studio album based on the live performance.

A free pre-show lecture will be held in the Philips Lecture Hall, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 6 p.m. and led by KCBX host Fred Friedman.



Bill Murray Surprises Again, Diving Into Unexpected Musical Waters via New York Times  (review)

Bill Murray Details New Classical Album “New Worlds” via Rolling Stone (review)

Tickets for the performance range from $60 – $95 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at

Sponsored by Timothy Tryon, 920am KVEC, City of San Luis Obispo, New Times, Peter & Mary Russo Family Foundation

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