Organist Cameron Carpenter is one of the many performers that will be shown at the Performing Art Center this February. Courtesy Photo | Cameron Carpenter

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) will show a wide variety of shows this February.

Some of the shows, such as the Swan Lake Ballet and organist Cameron Carpenter, have shown at Cal Poly in previous years. However, others, such as Black Violin and Cirque Eloize “Saloon,” will be making a first appearance at the PAC.

Sunday, Feb. 11: Moscow Festival Ballet – Swan Lake

Swan Lake, according to Cal Poly Arts Director Steven Lerian, is one of the most performed ballets. It has been shown at Cal Poly several times in the past 10 years, and has been brought back once more because it is a crowd favorite, Lerian said.

Thursday, Feb. 15: Cirque Eloize – Saloon

Cirque Eloize is “the Performing Arts Center version of Cirque Du Soleil,” Lerian said. The show being performed for Cal Poly will center around a Western saloon with country Western music. According to Lerian, all the music will be performed live by the performers while they are doing tricks.

“That is going to be a fantastic show, it is really high energy, it has sort of a cool buzz to it,” Lerian said. “It’s [a] 90-minutes-through, hold-on-to-your-seat kind of thing.”

Saturday, Feb. 17: Black Violin

Black Violin is a young violinist duo. The duo was classically trained in the violin, and then added a hip hop flare. The duo combines many styles of violin, ranging from hip hop and jazz to classical, in order to perform an electric violin concert.

Lerian said he expects Black Violin to bring in a high rate of students because of the duos’ combination of newer and classical music.  

Sunday, Feb. 18: Met Live in HD

The Met Live series is shown in the PAC annually and is co-presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera San Luis Obispo. The series broadcasts the Met Live performances that have happened in the past. Feb. 18 will be the second of three Met Live showings throughout the quarter. This showing will highlight “L’Elisir D’Amore” shows.

Saturday, Feb. 24: Winter Concert: Arab Music Ensemble

The Winter Concert is an annual Cal Poly event. This winter, according to the Cal Poly Music Department website, the concert will feature an Arab Music Ensemble, including a variety of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region.

Monday, Feb. 26: Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter has performed at the PAC more than any other individual performer brought to Cal Poly. Carpenter is an organist who designed what he calls his international touring organ. Prior to performing his songs, Carpenter speaks and teaches about his music, Lerian said.

“He is a madman,” Lerian said. “Intellectually, he’s a savant, just brilliant.”

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