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Just Added performances allow us to add great shows to the season without waiting until the next year! Purchase as single tickets or add them on to your subscription at a discount.

I am pleased to introduce you to the remarkable collection of musicians and composers, dancers and choreographers, writers and actors that will join us at UC Davis in the year ahead.

Celebrate the holidays with us!

Make the Mondavi Center a holiday tradition.

Pink Martini Holiday Concert

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Unparalleled purveyors of a multi-lingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds, Pink Martini deliver a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from around the globe. Led by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes, the Portland, Oregon-based band will feature tracks from their phenomenal 2010 holiday album, Joy to the World, which features chestnuts like “White Christmas” alongside Hebrew prayers, Chinese New Year tunes and a samba-inspired version of “Auld Lang Syne.” Monday, December 2 • 8PM JH

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show Go Tell It on the Mountain

As irresistible as it is contagious, the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show is a roof-raising musical event. Mixing gospel-tinged versions of seasonal favorites with some of the treasures from their extensive songbook, the Blind Boys share their love of music-making in a joyous evening of soul-stirring music. Friday, December 13 • 8PM JH

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There is so much to discover: I encourage you to take your time with this brochure and linger over the line-up of the many great artists and ensembles we will present. I look forward to sharing this journey of discovery and enjoyment with you!

Don Roth, Ph.D. Executive Director


The MC’s long standing relationship with the San Francisco Symphony yields a special treat for orchestra fans: a first-ever Just Added symphonic performance pairing a program of Romantic favorites with a renowned conductor and thrilling soloist.

San Francisco Symphony Jaap van Zweden, conductor Simone Lamsma, violin

Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 Acclaimed Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year, makes his Mondavi Center debut with Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Fourth Symphony. Van Zweden’s compatriot and protégé, Simone Lamsma, is the soloist in Sibelius’s hot-blooded Violin Concerto. Thursday, February 13 • 8PM JH

The Chieftains

The Chieftains deliver a concert experience filled with grace, humor, exceptional musicianship and the pageantry of visiting dancers and pipe bands. Recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, the six-time Grammy winners are still led by Paddy Moloney, who formed the band from the ranks of the top Irish musicians back in 1962. Musical ambassadors, cultural icons and boundary pushers, the Chieftains continue to make music with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Wednesday, February 19 • 8PM JH

Diana Krall

Since her debut album, Diana Krall has made her mark as a pianist and vocalist with a distinctive feel and an extraordinary sense of time. The Grammy-winner’s latest album, Glad Rag Doll (produced by T Bone Burnett), is an exhilarating and adventurous exploration filled with songs from the ‘20s and ‘30s reimagined for the 21st century. The album marks Krall’s fifth consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200, and her current Glad Rag Doll Tour has drawn praise for its “wit, style and just a bit of attitude” (The Toronto Star). sunday, april 13 • 7PM JH

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Uncorked

Uncorked events feature complimentary wine pours for Inner Circle donors one hour prior to show time and during intermission in the Bartholomew Room.

Pre-Performance Talks (PPT)

Free to all ticket holders, these half-hour talks and conversations with UC Davis faculty, local experts and visiting artists provide context for our audiences.

Q&A Sessions (Q&A)

After select Mondavi Center performances, artists return to the stage to take questions from the audience, providing a unique opportunity to share reactions and insights.

Corin Courtyard Concert

(CCC) Free pre-show performances in our Corin Courtyard. These outdoor concerts start at 6:30PM and last approximately one hour. Vist: mondaviarts.org/corincourtyard for a complete list.

UC Davis Department of Music and UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance events appear in blue text in the calendar.

Full details at mondaviarts.org/ucdmusic and theatredance.ucdavis.edu. All programs are subject to change. Please note that UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/communication/

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World Circuit records had modest expectations for its initial Buena Vista Social Club release: 100,000 copies. To date, that landmark album has sold over eight million copies worldwide.

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“Botanica ... is the IMAX version of dance theater, a savvy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media.” —The New York Times on Momix

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september 2013 Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®

Ballet Hispanico opening night!

featuring Omara Portuondo, Eliades Ochoa, Guajiro Mirabal and Barbarito Torres with special guest Roberto Fonseca These ageless Cuban legends set the rhythm of Cuban music’s golden era of the 1940s and '50s and, upon release of the landmark Buena Vista Social Club album, established themselves as well beyond fad and fashion. Saturday, september 21 • 8PM JH CCC

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Two old friends join with a stellar backing band to celebrate their long-standing creative partnership. Carving out a sound that is uniquely their own, Harris and Crowell blend their voices, talents and stories for a rich, personal musical experience, as on their recent album Old Yellow Moon. Monday, September 30 • 8PM JH CCC Limited Availability

October 2013 Rising Stars of Opera

FREE! Brian Jagde, tenor UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Christian Baldini, music director and conductor Adler Fellows: Philippe Sly, bass-baritone; Ao Li, baritone Mark Morash, piano Provided free to the community by Barbara K. Jackson, this annual Mondavi Center event features some of the finest young operatic singers singing in recital and with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, including arias and duets from Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Don Carlo. Friday, October 4 • 8PM JH Limited Availability • Limit 4 per Order

Ballet Hispanico continues along the trail it has blazed for more than 40 years. This elegant, innovative program includes Sortijas, celebrating the circular ties of family and friends linking communities together over generations and Mad’Moiselle, exploring iconic male/ female images and gender identity in Latin American cultures. Friday, October 11 • 8PM JH Q&A

Ahmad Jamal

Like all great jazz masters, Ahmad Jamal plays music that feels both timeless and utterly of the moment. The pianist’s orchestral approach to small ensemble playing influenced generations of bandleaders, including trumpeter and fellow jazz icon Miles Davis, who claimed Jamal as a key inspiration. Saturday, October 12 • 8PM JH CCC

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Marek Janowski, conductor Martin Helmchen, pianist Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70 Friday, October 18 • 8PM JH PPT

Mnozil Brass

This Austrian brass band plays infectious, energetic, downright effervescent music that conveys joy and skill in equal measure, all rolled up with offbeat humor (an a cappella-infused cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” anyone?), physical comedy and serious chops. Tuesday, October 22 • 8PM JH New date!


A musical marathon! Stewart Goodyear, piano

Complete Beethoven Sonatas This West Coast debut marks only the fourth time that Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear will perform all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in one day, from memory.

SFJAZZ Collective

The international talents in the SFJAZZ Collective represent what is happening now in jazz. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in style, this all-star octet reaches back into its songbook, featuring arrangements of Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter alongside original compositions, polishing gems from each of their preceding annual tours. Wednesday, October 23 • 8PM JH CCC PPT

Program 1: 10AM–2PM Op. 49, 1-2; Op. 2 to Op. 22 Program 2: 3PM–6:30PM Op. 26 to Op. 57

Program 3: 8:30PM–11:30PM Op. 78 to Op. 111

Saturday, October 5 • JH ALL DAY All Day Pass holders will enjoy in and out privileges between programs. Individual programs may also be purchased.

MOMIX

BOTANICA BOTANICA reveals nature’s changing seasons through dance, large-scale puppetry and dramatic props. Elegant and beautiful interpretations evoke a vivid landscape of life, full of movement, color and wonder in this entertaining multimedia experience. Saturday, October 26 • 8PM JH

Asphalt Orchestra

Unpack the Elephant Asphalt Orchestra unleashes innovative music from concert halls, rock clubs and jazz basements and takes it to the streets. Unpack the Elephant brings that urban energy indoors in a wild musical ride. Sunday, October 6 • 7PM JH

Alexander String Quartet Kodály String Quartet No. 1 Bartók String Quartet No. 1

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AnDa Union

Youthful exuberance and storied traditions combine in this vibrant young group of musicians and singers from Inner Mongolia. Cultural ambassadors of the highest order, they convey the universal power of music through their exotic instruments. Wednesday, October 30 • 8PM JH office of campus community relations

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“A vocalist of inventive instinct and assiduous musicality, he’s never more secure than when in reverie, plumbing depths at once familiar and strange.” —The New York Times on Theo Bleckmann

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“Crocetto has revealed herself as a major operatic star ... a flood of gorgeous, well-supported sound shaped into majestic and seemingly effortless phrases.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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November 2013

Theo Bleckmann

Gil Shaham, violin

A salve for ears tired of yesterday’s standards, Bleckmann returns to UC Davis in an ideally intimate setting to pay tribute to his native Germany and Weimar-era cabaret with selections by Kurt Weill and others.

A rare solo recital from this acclaimed violinist, featuring as a centerpiece William Bolcom’s Suite No. 2 for Solo Violin, commissioned by Music Accord, a lyrical, playful work with distant roots in the Baroque dance-suite form.

Berlin: Songs of Love and War, Peace and Exile

Saturday, November 16 • 8PM VST Q&A

Friday, November 1 • 8PM JH PPT

Sunday, November 17 • 2PM VST Q&A

New York Polyphony

Focus on Opera: Porgy and Bess

Faith and Reason

This male vocal quartet makes its Mondavi Center debut with a program of ancient and modern a capella works, including the Missa Charles Darwin, a new work that replaces standard sacred texts with excerpts from Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Descent of Man. Saturday, November 2 • 8PM VST Q&A Limited Availability Sunday, November 3 • 2PM VST Q&A Limited Availability

Focus on Film: Hamlet

Directed by Lawrence Olivier (1948). Not Rated; 2 hours, 35 minutes The first British film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Olivier’s influential work was also the first English sound film of Hamlet. Monday, November 4 • 7PM JH PPT

Fred Hersch Trio

(11/8) Fred Hersch’s piano playing draws you close and makes you think. An artist of unbounded imagination and skill, Hersch is, as Downbeat declared, “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation.” Wednesday–Saturday, November 6–9 • 8PM VST Friday & Saturday: Limited availability

by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin Recorded Summer 2009, 3 hours and 15 minutes A High-Definition-screening of George Gershwin’s American masterpiece that tells the story of a crippled beggar (bass-baritone Eric Owens), the headstrong woman he loves (soprano Laquita Mitchell) and the community that sustains them both. Monday, November 18 • 7PM JH

December 2013 Pink Martini JustAdded! Holiday Show Unparalleled purveyors of a multi-lingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds, Pink Martini deliver a festive holiday concert. The band will perform tracks from their album, Joy to the World, which features chestnuts like “White Christmas” alongside Hebrew prayers, Chinese New Year tunes and a samba-inspired version of “Auld Lang Syne.” Monday, December 2 • 8PM JH


Salzburg Marionette Theater

Leah Crocetto, soprano

Thursday, November 7 • 7PM JH: Wagner’s Ring Cycle (in 75 minutes)

Hailed as “outlandishly gifted” and “a major operatic star” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Crocetto (winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera audition) returns to the Mondavi Center for a keenly anticipated debut recital.

Friday, November 8 • 7PM JH: Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Saturday, December 7 • 8PM JH

The Salzburg Marionette Theater calls itself a large theater with small “actors.” Since their founding in 1913, they have continued to develop new interpretations of beloved stage works.

Saturday, November 9 • 7PM JH: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Sunday, November 10 • 3PM JH: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

Lara Downes Family Concert The Magic Fish

Anush Avetisyan, soprano

A First Place winner of the Young Artists Competition, Avetisyan makes her Mondavi Center debut with Behind the Face, a recital aimed at celebrating and inspiring the talent of our youth. Sunday, November 10 • 2PM VST

THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS

Live-Action Graphic Novel. Book One: Target Earth Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and the pulp serials of the 1930s, this oneof-a-kind theatrical experience mashes up radio drama and comic-books. Three actors voice dozens of characters; one Foley artist creates hundreds of sound effects; while on a two-story high screen more than 1,250 blow-your-mind comic book images tell the story visually. Friday, November 15 • 8PM JH

What would you do if you caught a magic fish that granted three wishes? More importantly, what would you do if someone came along and stole those wishes from you?! Based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Magic Fish is a new, short children’s opera that sets out to answer these deep questions. Sunday, December 8 • 3PM JH

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show Go Tell It on the Mountain

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Mixing gospel-tinged versions of seasonal favorites with some of the treasures from their songbook, the Blind Boys share their love of music-making in a joyous evening of soul stirring music. Friday, December 13 • 8PM JH

American Bach Soloists: Messiah

After a year hiatus, the American Bach Soloists, under the direction of UC Davis Choral Director Jeffrey Thomas, join with their full choral ensemble for one of Northern California’s most treasured holiday traditions. Sunday, December 15 • 4PM JH

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“The best kind of cultural ambassadors. Their adorability quotient is high, but it’s matched by their talent as musicians and dancers.” —The New Yorker on Spirit of Uganda

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“Lean, limber, balletic, with a flirtation of Latin American hips and a percussive groundwork of funky Afro footwork.” —The Guardian on Grupo Corpo

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January 2014

Circus Oz

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Alexander String Quartet

Circus Oz’s wild combination of jugglers, musicians and aerialists hurl themselves to new heights in this brand-new production. The company’s much loved characters, daring new feats and ongoing brand of spectacular tomfoolery leave audiences howling for more.

Kodály String Quartet No. 2 Bartók String Quartet No. 2 2PM: Sold Out; 7PM Q&A Sunday, January 5 • VST

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Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio (2/14) There are few pairings as inspiring as Dr. Lonnie Smith and his Hammond B-3 organ. Underneath his trademark turban, flashing an infectious smile, Dr. Lonnie conveys nothing less than the sheer joy of music making, slipping between funky soul-jazz and gentle balladry, with all kinds of musical byways in-between.

Nicholas Kristof

A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof talks about the global struggle for women’s equality, which the author calls “the paramount moral challenge” of our era. Monday, January 13 • 8PM JH Q&A office of campus community relations

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday–Saturday, February 12–15 • 8PM VST

Pinchas Zuckerman, conductor and soloist

Friday & Saturday: Limited Availability

Beethoven     Overture to “Prometheus,” Op. 43             Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61             Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

True Blues

Saturday, January 25 • 8Pm JH

Corey Harris, Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart

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True Blues chronicles the living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musicians Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart.

Spirit of Uganda

With dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, this ensemble brings to life the sounds and movements of East Africa. Representing Uganda’s 2.7 million orphans, these children personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation. Sunday, January 26 • 3PM JH

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Focus on Opera: Samson and Delilah

by Camille Saint-Saëns. Recorded Fall 2007, 2 hours and 35 minutes A High-Definition screening of one of the most compelling biblical tales to emerge from the Old Testament. This sumptuous production features tenor Clifton Forbis, Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and conductor Patrick Summers.

San Francisco Symphony Jaap van Zweden, conductor Simone Lamsma, violin Sibelius Tchaikovsky

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Thursday, February 13 • 8PM JH PPT

Monday, January 27 • 7PM JH

Love is in the air for this Valentine’s Day concert! The King’s Singers

February 2014

This British a capella group will serenade lovers with some of the most endearing classics from the Great American Songbook.

Grupo Corpo

A Grupo Corpo performance is a microcosm of Brazil itself: exuberant and rhythmic, proudly multicultural and infused with an indomitable spirit. Their wholly original style joins modern movement with Afro-Brazilian dance, captivating audiences with stunning physicality, dynamic staging and the wonders of Brazilian rhythms. tuesday, february 4 • 8PM JH Q&A

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Chris Thile, solo

Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. This rare solo program draws from his new Bach recording on Nonesuch Records, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.

Two Men Talking

Two Men Talking is a live, unscripted performance in which Paul Browde and Murray Nossel weave together their life stories touching on issues of personal identity and the creation of a lifetime friendship. Lauded as “undeniably moving” (The Guardian), the show champions the healing power of storytelling and the affirmation of identity and self-acceptance. Wednesday–Saturday, February 5–8 • 8PM VST office of campus community relations

Saturday, February 15 • 8PM JH

Jay Campbell, cello

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, Campbell has been hailed by the press as an “astonishing cellist” (Seen and Heard International) and for his “electrifying” performances (The New York Times). Sunday, February 16 • 2PM VST February continued on p. 8 Tickets and more! mondaviarts.org 866.754.2787 (toll-free) 7


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Stephen Petronio Company

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Intravenous Lecture and UNDERLAND

Tuesday, February 18 • 8PM JH

This mixed repertory program features excerpts from Petronio’s critically acclaimed UNDERLAND (2011), a work inspired by the songs of Australian balladeer Nick Cave; Intravenous Lecture by Steve Paxton (1970/2012), an improvised meditation on censorship, performed by Petronio; and a selection of solo and duet highlights from 30 years of Petronio’s movement language.

American choreographer Stephen Petronio is regarded as one of the leading dance makers of his generation.

American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished musicians of our time. His vast discography reveals a compelling, sensitive mastery of multiple pillars of the piano repertoire, including Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

Tuesday–Thursday, February 25–27 • 8PM VST

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Like Lazarus Did

A cherished favorite returns! As always, The Chieftains deliver a concert experience filled with grace, humor, exceptional musicianship and the pageantry of visiting dancers and pipe bands. Wednesday, February 19 • 8PM JH

Like Lazarus Did is an evening-length work inspired by the mythology of resurrection. Featuring Petronio’s kinetic movement language and an original electroacoustic score that draws from a range of spiritual music and texts, the piece explores ideas of transcendence, elevation and regeneration. Friday, February 28 • 8PM JH Q&A

Jack DeJohnette • Joe Lovano • Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese The Spring Quartet

If jazz is about constant reinvention and moving tradition forward, you would be hard pressed to find more fitting representatives than the members of this extraordinary new quartet. The band is a multi-generational wonder that is setting the standard— and pointing the way ahead—for generations to come. Friday, February 21 • 8PM JH PPT office of campus community relations

March 2014 Young Artists Competition Winners Concert

Mondavi Center resident pianist Lara Downes hosts a celebratory concert featuring the winners of the annual Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition, including this year’s Founder’s Prize winner on piano. Sunday, March 2 • 2PM JH


Focus on Film: Looking for Richard

Bahia Orchestra Project Ricardo Castro, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Tchaikovsky    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Ravel                  Piano Concerto in G Major Revueltas         Semsemayá Villa-Lobos       Trenzinho do Caipira Marquez           Danzón 2 The Bahia Orchestra Project assembles the prodigious talents of young Brazilian musicians into one powerhouse ensemble. In their debut North American tour, they are joined by the gifted pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Saturday, February 22 • 8PM JH PPT

Directed by Al Pacino (1996). Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 51 minutes Al Pacino presents a refreshing and unpretentious rumination on Shakespeare’s significance and relevance to the modern world by interspersing rehearsal footage for the live play and interviews with actors and everyday citizens. Monday, march 3 • 7PM JH PPT

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Yuri Temirkanov, conductor Vilde Frang, violin Prokofiev Rachmaninoff

Violin Concerto No. 2 Symphony No. 2

Tuesday, March 4 • 8PM JH Limited Availability

Story Pirates

Celebrating the words and ideas of students, Story Pirates presents a sketch comedy musical based entirely on stories written by young authors. Sunday, February 23 • 1PM & 3PM JH

Sangam: Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland

Born as a tribute to drummer Billy Higgins, Sangam is built on the complex rhythmic interplay of Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Eric Harland (drums), and tethered together by the unifying presence of Charles Lloyd on saxophones, flutes, tarogato, piano and percussion. Friday, March 7 • 8PM JH

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Eva Yerbabuena transforms fiery, passionate flamenco into an equally powerful unspoken language. She is electric with emotion—stomping out monologues and mastering the moment of a long, slow burn. Tuesday, March 11 • 8PM JH March continued on p. 10 Tickets and more! mondaviarts.org 866.754.2787 (toll-free) 8


March 2014

“They concocted the dense, spicy stuff that fuels New Orleans: pounding rhythms and lively melodies, deceptively finessed and firmly steeped in gospel and the blues.” —The Washington Post on Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human Band

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero has been delighting audiences since 1974 with its parodies of classical ballet and modern dance.

Alexander String Quartet

Thursday, March 27 • 8PM JH CCC

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Anthony de Mare

2PM: Sold Out; 7PM Q&A Sunday, March 16 • VST

Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim for the Piano

Spend your St. Paddy’s Day with us! Caladh Nua

Saturday, March 29 • 8PM VST Q&A

These solo piano pieces, arranged by a who’s who of modern composers, put the focus on Stephen Sondheim’s power and complexity as a composer. Under the touch of acclaimed concert pianist de Mare this is a solo piano project that brings the best of musical theatre into the concert hall.

Capturing the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with innovative contemporary styling, this acclaimed ensemble from Ireland is sure to bring outall the rambunctious fun of St. Patrick’s Day. Monday, March 17 • 8PM JH CCC

Circa S

Scharoun Ensemble

Founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scharoun Ensemble is one of Germany’s leading chamber-music organizations. With its wide repertoire (including, for this concert, works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Hindemith, and a new piece by UC Davis’s Kurt Rohde) the ensemble has been inspiring audiences worldwide. Tuesday, March 18 • 8PM JH PPT

Sunday, March 30 • 2PM VST Q&A

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Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human Band

(3/22) This New Orleans native (featured on HBO’s Treme) has taken New York by storm. Whether it is second line marches or the latest track by Lady Gaga, Batiste and his bandmates break stereotypes while staying true to their roots in a way that is as indescribable as it is entertaining. Wednesday–saturday, March 19–22 • 8PM VST Wednesday–Friday: Limited Availability; Saturday: sold out

Inspired by the 19th letter of the alphabet, S fills the stage with the raw immediacy of performers at their physical and emotional limits. The show is a physical ode to plurality that extends the possibilities of human strength and flexibility through the daring interplay of complex acrobatics. Sunday, March 30 • 3PM JH

April 2014 Cameron Carpenter, organ

As with most trailblazers, Cameron Carpenter has energy and vision equal to his talent. His repertoire—from the complete works of J. S. Bach and Cesar Franck, to his hundreds of transcriptions of non-organ works, and his collaborations with jazz and pop artists— is perhaps the most diverse of any organist. Wednesday, April 2 • 8PM JH


Brian Greene

Compagnia T.P.O.

In this engaging and beautifully accessible talk, Greene take the audience on a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

In an immersive, wholly original brand of participatory performance, two dancers guide audiences on an adventure of discovery in the Mediterranean. Bleu! begins on the idyllic Greek Islands amongst the stones, sea shells and whispers of ancient legends, wandering through sea ports, and finally diving into the blue abyss populated by fish and mysterious ruins of disappeared civilizations.

Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea

Explaining the Elegant Universe

Thursday, March 20 • 8PM JH Q&A

In Partnership with department

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, music director and soloist

Bell took over the concertmaster chair for the acclaimed Academy in 2011; unsurprisingly, the reports have been glowing, with the Washington Post exclaiming: “Bell was so at one with his fellow musicians, they seemed to be breathing together.” Saturday, March 22 • 8PM JH Limited Availability

Curtis On Tour Wind Ensemble Di Wu, piano Barber Mozart Poulenc

Summer Music for Wind Quintet (Op. 31) Quintet in E-Flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano

Sunday, March 23 • 2PM VST

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Friday–Saturday, April 4–5 • 7PM VST Parents and children may particpate in evening performance.

Saturday, April 5 • 3PM VST Sunday, April 6 • 1PM & 3PM VST Children only may particpate in matinees.

AKOKA: The End of Time

David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Socalled and friends Named for the clarinetist who debuted Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” in a German prison camp, AKOKA features a structured improvisation composed by David Krakauer that anticipates some of the musical gestures in the full performance of “Quartet.” Canadian hip-hop artist and producer Socalled bookends the performance with “Meanwhile,” a comment on the turbulence of the modern world. Saturday, April 5 • 8PM JH Q&A

Focus on Opera: Otello

by Giuseppe Verdi. Recorded Fall 2009, 3 hours South African tenor Johan Botha, sings the title role in this High-Definition screening of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Monday, April 7 • 7PM JH

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“Mr. Vasandani is a bright young singer with charisma to spare.” —The New York Times on Sachal Vasandani

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May 2014

Peter Sagal

In Conversation with Laura Dern

Behind the Scenes of Radio’s Funniest Program As the host of National Public Radio’s Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal leads guest panelists in a satirical romp through the news. He discusses this experience, offering both colorful commentary on current events and a behind-the-scenes peek at the show.

Laura Dern is celebrated equally for her range and depth as an actress and her impassioned advocacy of women’s rights, AIDS research, reproductive choice and environmental conservation. Delivering her message in an engaging conversation, Dern discusses her childhood, career and women’s rights activism.

Friday, April 11 • 8PM JH CCC Q&A

Wednesday, November 13 • 8PM JH Q&A humanities institute

Diana Krall

JustAdded!

The Grammy-winner’s latest album, Glad Rag Doll (produced by T Bone Burnett), is an exhilarating and adventurous exploration filled with songs from the ‘20s and ‘30s reimagined for the 21st century.

Bill Frisell

All We Are Saying: The Songs of John Lennon Guitarist Bill Frisell brings his meditative, open sound and a trusted ensemble to perform a definitive take on the classic songs of John Lennon.

Sunday, April 13 • 7PM JH

Wednesday, May 14 • 8PM JH CCC

Focus on Film: Henry V

San Francisco Symphony

Directed by Kenneth Branagh (1989). Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 17 minutes Kenneth Branagh’s astonishing feature-film directorial debut is a gritty take on one of Shakespeare’s most epic tragedies. Monday, April 28 • 7PM JH PPT

Sachal Vasandani

Three albums into a very young career, Vasandani has proven his status as one of the freshest, most versatile vocalists to emerge in recent memory. His latest release, Hi-Fly, is testament to the enduring power of jazz vocals, filled with stunning technique. Wednesday–Saturday, April 30–May 3 • 8PM VST

Michael Tilson Thomas, music director and conductor | Christian Teztlaff, violin Sibelius           Lemminkäinen’s Homeward Journey, Op. 22, No.4 Bartók               Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor Brahms             Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 Thursday, May 15 • 8PM JH PPT

Lara Downes

But Beautiful: Billie Holiday Remembered To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth, pianist Lara Downes remembers the iconic vocalist with solo transcriptions of songs Lady Day made famous. Saturday, May 17 • 8PM VST Q&A Sunday, May 18 • 2PM VST Q&A Tickets and more! mondaviarts.org 866.754.2787 (toll-free) 


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UC Davis Department of

Music

In addition to its regular concerts, the UC Davis Department of Music presents a series of free Shinkosky noon concerts, often in the Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby. Also, the department and the Mondavi Center will co-present the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble (see page 10) and the annual Rising Stars of Opera (see page 3).

UC Davis Department of

Theatre & dance Spring Awakening

Granada Artist-in-Residence Stafford Arima. Photo by Vii Tanner

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik Directed by UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence Stafford Arima Choreographed by Chris McCoy Spring Awakening, an eight-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on Frank Wedekind’s play of the same name, concerns teenage discovery of sexuality. Rated R for adult material including violence, sexuality, nudity and language. Thursday–saturday, November 21–23, 2013 • 8PM Sunday, november 24, 2013 • 2PM Thursday–Saturday, December 5–7 • 8PM Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis Tickets: General $18/22; Students, Children & Seniors $16/20 Purchase tickets: 530.754.2787 or 866.754.2787; tickets.mondaviarts.org More information including group ticket rates: theatredance.ucdavis.edu; facebook.com/UCDtheatredance

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Visit mondaviarts.org/ucdmusic for the full schedule for the season.

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Current and retired UC Davis faculty and staff are eligible. To qualify for the discount, a UC Davis email address must be provided when ordering. Limit two per event.

Student & Children Tickets

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UC Davis students UC Davis students are eligible for a 50% discount on all available tickets. Proof Requirements: School ID showing validity for the current academic year.

Non-UC Davis students age 18 and over, enrolled full-time for the current academic year at an accredited institution and matriculating towards a diploma or a degree are eligible for a 25% discount on all available tickets. (Continuing education enrollees are not eligible.) Proof Requirements: School ID showing validity for the current academic year and/or copy of your transcript/report card/ tuition bill receipt for the current academic year. Student discounts may not be available for events presented by non-UC Davis promoters. Children (age 17 and under) A ticket is required for admission of all children regardless of age. Any child attending a performance should be able to sit quietly throughout the performance.

For events other than the Children’s Stage Series, it is recommended for the enjoyment of all patrons that children under the age of five not be brought to performances.

Student and children discounts cannot be combined.

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Getting Here

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Parking •

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