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Join The Celebration. “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” —Georgia O’Keeffe Over the past 15 seasons, the Mondavi Center has presented a remarkable assortment of musicians, dancers, speakers, choreographers, writers, comedians and actors. In every case, these artists have been welcomed by audience members like you: people that revere the boldness and courage that are integral to the act of creation. Whether being challenged by new work, or comforted by familiar songs, our audience exudes a spirit of openness and excitement. The energy of that shared experience is what makes live performance so unique.

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Our 15th anniversary season celebrates the magic that happens in our performance halls. We hope you find more than one opportunity to join your fellow arts lovers in the festivities.

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Pre-Performance Talk 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 Session 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. Uncorked event, featuring complimentary wine pours for Inner Circle one hour prior to show time and during intermission in the donors Bartholomew Room. Mondavi Center Executive Director Don Roth’s picks. LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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LITERATE POP

The Decemberists

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THEFT BY FINDING

David Sedaris ADVENTUROUS AMERICANA

Andrew Bird SUN, OCT 22

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Individual tickets for all events in this brochure are available on July 14.

The 15th Anniversary Season

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Choose-Your Own Package Create your own Mondavi Center experience. Choose any 5 shows for a discount of 15%, or any 3 shows for a discount of 10%.

Series Subscription These pre-packaged series of events represent our deepest public discount of 20%, with packages starting at $40.

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August–October Mondavi Center 17–18

The Decemberists

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with Olivia Chaney

The Decemberists’ Shuffling Off to Ragnarök tour continues through the summer, with the band performing material from across its catalog, including songs from their most recent release. The band is joined by opener Olivia Chaney, a British folk singer-songwriter.

FRI, AUGUST 18, 2017 8PM JH

Los Tigres Del Norte With roots planted in San Jose, California, Los Tigres Del Norte has grown into one of the most famous Norteño bands in the world. Their corridos (ballads) tell cinematic tales of life, love and the struggle to survive along the Mexico-United States border, featuring a style of accordion playing originating from the Texas borderlands.

THU, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 8PM JH

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The Cristina Pato Quartet

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Galician gaita master Cristina Pato arrives with bagpipe in hand and quartet in tow. This compelling program explores the cultural voyage of rhythmic patterns originating in the Latin music of Europe before migrating on to South America. An active member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Pato became the first female gaita player to release a solo album.

WED–SAT, OCTOBER 4–7, 2017 8PM VST

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October

In Conversation with

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Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee has quickly established herself as one of the most unique and sharp comedic voices on television with her late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. The longest-serving regular correspondent in the history of The Daily Show (12 years) is joined in conversation on this special West Coast tour.

SAT, OCTOBER 7, 2017 8PM JH

Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Mark Morash, PIANO AND CONDUCTOR A beloved tradition this year takes the name of our dear benefactor, Barbara K. Jackson. Free to the public since its inception in 2010, thanks to Jackson’s committed generosity, Rising Stars of Opera features the world’s most promising young singers from the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows program in recital and with full orchestral accompaniment from our own UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. Expect vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow.

SUN, OCTOBER 8, 2017 4PM JH FREE. Limit 4 per order. This event does not count toward a CYO subscription.

Garrison Keillor

Just Passing Through Bestselling author, former host of A Prairie Home Companion and master Midwestern storyteller, humorist Garrison Keillor is back to take Mondavi Center audiences on a journey to understanding love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion and all other resounding facets of daily life.

WED, OCTOBER 11, 2017 8PM JH Sponsored by Downey Brand

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October Mondavi Center 17–18

The Gloaming Virtuosic fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla Ó Lionáird on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano create a rare combination of traditional Irish melodies, jazz, contemporary classical and improvisational flourishes. The soaring, “old style” sean-nós singing from Ó Lionáird is a special treat rarely heard outside of Ireland.

“A STAGGERING DISPLAY OF BOTH EMOTION AND VIRTUOSITY.” —The Guardian

FRI, OCTOBER 13, 2017 8PM JH

Alexander String Quartet

Schumann, Brahms and the Curse! Schumann String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1 (1842) Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 51, no. 1 (1873)

SUN, OCTOBER 15, 2017 2PM & 7PM VST

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Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield Hudson mondaviarts.org

For this performance, legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette joins bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield in a creatively rich new collaboration that captures the essence of where they all affectionately call home.

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SAT, OCTOBER 21, 2017 8PM JH Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

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October

Andrew Bird

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Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter who picked up his first violin at the age of 4 and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen, Bird became interested in a variety of styles, including early jazz, country blues and folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop.

SUN, OCTOBER 22, 2017 7PM JH

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Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal Musique de Nuit The collaboration between Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal is simply spellbinding. The elegant, heartfelt music on their latest release, Musique de Nuit (Night Music), refines the approach taken on their first album (Chamber Music), one that favors quiet virtuosity.

FRI–SAT, OCTOBER 27–28, 2017 8PM VST (FRI & SAT)

“PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF TAP WHILE EXPOSING ITS TRUE NATURE: THAT IT IS MUSIC.” —The New York Times

Dorrance Dance Tap dance, like jazz, is one of America’s homegrown art forms. Founded in 2011 by MacArthur Award recipient and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance honors and revitalizes tap through furious rhythms and adventurous, yet accessible, choreography. The company’s Mondavi Center debut features three pieces: Jungle Blues; Three to One; and Dorrance’s latest work, Myelination.

SUN, OCTOBER 29, 2017 7PM JH Sponsored by UC Davis Health

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November Mondavi Center 17–18

Reduced Shakespeare Company William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) One of the most regrettably overlooked fake news stories of the past year is the discovery of William Shakespeare’s first dramatic work. Abridged down to 90 minutes, this is a world premiere of a lost masterpiece that begins when Puck and Ariel hijack the plot of Comedy of Errors. In the Long Lost First Play, the company weaves the Bard’s most famous characters, greatest lines, and magnificent speeches into an entirely new, comic tour de force.

“SOMETHING WICKEDLY FUNNY THIS WAY COMES! ... AND WICKEDLY SMART, TOO!” —NPR

WED, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 8PM JH Sponsored by Hyatt Place, UC Davis

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Harold López-Nussa Trio One of the latest in a procession of keyboard players to emerge from Cuba, Harold López-Nussa has drawn comparisons to the likes of piano masters Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. His debut album, El Viaje, is a stirring blend of tradition and innovation, Havana roots and American jazz.

WED–SAT, NOVEMBER 1–4, 2017 8PM VST Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

Mariinsky Orchestra

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VALERY GERGIEV, MUSIC DIRECTOR DANIIL TRIFONOV, PIANO

Now in its 234th season, the Mariinsky Orchestra holds a distinguished history as one of Russia’s oldest musical institutions, and one of the most acclaimed orchestras in the world. Don Juan Piano Concerto Symphony No. 6

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Strauss Trifonov Prokofiev

THU, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 8PM JH

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November Kudiyattam

Sanskrit Theater Kudiyattam is the last living representative of the classical, 2000-year-old form of Sanskrit drama. Performances usually last for nights, but this condensed performance hosts two selfcontained episodes: the demon Ravana’s attack on the moon; and a sequence from Kalidasa’s Sakuntala. Virtuoso drumming with texts screened in subtitles as well as sung and enacted through hand gestures and eye expressions are a defining aspect of the performance. This is a rare chance to behold one of India’s oldest living theatrical traditions.

FRI–SAT, NOVEMBER 3–4, 2017 8PM JH STAGE (FRI & SAT) Part of India in the Artist’s Eye Festival

MOMIX

Opus Cactus Moses Pendleton and the dancer-illusionists of MOMIX revisit the Mondavi Center, this time bringing the landscape of the American Southwest to life through a new rendition of the troupe’s classic Opus Cactus. This remounting of the show reveals a work with renewed energy, one that transports audiences to a dynamic world of cacti, slithering lizards and fire dancers, all of which are conjured up by Pendleton—seemingly out of thin air.

WED, NOVEMBER 8, 2017 7PM JH

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IMAGO Theatre

La Belle, Lost in the World of the ­Automaton IMAGO Theatre has imagined a new fairytale experience that mixes Beauty and the Beast, steampunk aesthetics and automata all on one stage. Set to the backdrop of a whimsical ship, La Belle tells the love story of the crew’s coal stoker and a woman passenger, who, after seeking refuge from a storm, finds herself in an engine room full of mechanized figures brought to life by the stoker himself.

SUN, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 3PM JH

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November–December

november Mondavi Center 17–18

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band Eddie at 80

Celebrating his 80th year, 10-time Grammy Awardwinner and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri hosts a party for the ages featuring some of the finest musicians around. Regarded as one of the top pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a celebrated bandleader, arranger and titan of salsa and Latin jazz.

WED, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 8PM JH

Pete Souza Pete Souza extensively documented Barack Obama’s first year in the Senate and accompanied the former president to seven countries, including Kenya, South Africa and Russia in 2005–06. In this program, the former chief official White House photographer takes us on a visual tour of key moments in Obama’s presidency and shares his recollections.

FRI, DECEMBER 1, 2017 8PM JH Sponsored by Downey Brand and Sactown Magazine

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Alexander String Quartet Robert and Clara

SUN, DECEMBER 3, 2017 2PM & 7PM VST

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Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17 (1845) Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44 (1842) (7PM)

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December–January “SIMPLY PHENOMENAL.” —The Times (London)

The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp

After a sold-out week just two seasons ago, The Hot Sardines are back to share music that evokes New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. In Holiday Stomp, the Sardines infuse yuletide classics with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, jazz vocals and amazing tap.

FRI, DECEMBER 8, 2017 8PM JH Sponsored by Hyatt Place, UC Davis

American Bach Soloists Messiah

JEFFREY THOMAS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR The holidays would be less fulfilling without the American Bach Soloists this year performing their signature rendition of Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, Messiah.

SUN, DECEMBER 17, 2017 4PM JH

Alexander String Quartet The Triangle

Schumann String Quartet in A Major, op. 41, no. 3 (1842) Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, op. 51, no. 2 (1873)

SUN, JANUARY 7, 2018 2PM & 7PM VST

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra VALERY GERGIEV, MUSIC DIRECTOR AUGUSTIN HADELICH, VIOLIN

David Robertson joins the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on his farewell tour as its music director, joined by Mondavi Center favorite Augustin Hadelich. Adès Britten Shostakovich

Dances from Powder Her Face Violin Concerto Symphony No. 1

WED, JANUARY 17, 2018 8PM JH

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January

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Lara Downes

Anniversaries for Lenny Pianist Lara Downes performs a special concert in commemoration of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein centennial (one of three events honoring Bernstein this season), playing songs from her most recent recording project Anniversaries for Lenny. By pairing Bernstein’s complete Anniversaries for Piano with a group of newly commissioned “Anniversaries” from prominent composers who are profoundly connected to his body of work, Downes’ program is a uniquely personal tribute to Bernstein.

SAT, JANUARY 20, 2018 8PM JH STAGE

Circa

Il Ritorno Australia’s Circa has always created work at the crossroads of cirque and modern dance. But never has the company so fully embraced that potential as in Il Ritorno. This evening-length work is steeped in the movement vocabulary of cirque, but pushes that language to stunning new emotional and psychological ends. Accompanied by a string quartet and two singers performing excerpts of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.

FRI, JANUARY 26, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by UC Davis Health

“A POWERFUL VISION OF HUMANITY AND COMPASSION.” —The Australian

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CHARLES DUTOIT, CONDUCTOR JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, PIANO

Respighi Liszt Stravinsky

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The ever-expressive Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra through a largely Romantic program, one topped off with Stravinsky’s bracing 1911 version of Petrushka. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to tackle Liszt’s lyrical, masterfully constructed second piano concerto. Fountains of Rome Piano Concerto No. 2 Petrushka (1911)

SAT, JANUARY 27, 2018 8PM JH

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January–February Circa

Carnival of the Animals Inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ beloved musical suite, Carnival of the Animals whisks audiences away on a thrilling circus escapade through the talents of seven acrobats, two singers, four musicians and delightful animations that bring to life juggling zebras, street-smart elephants and somersaulting kangaroos.

SUN, JANUARY 28, 2018 3PM JH Sponsored by Hallmark Inn, UC Davis

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Janet Mock

Redefining Realness CAMPUS COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECT Janet Mock is a transgender rights activist, TV host and New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. From People magazine to Entertainment Tonight, to founding the #GirlsLikeUs project and becoming a host for MSNBC, Mock has earned her place as one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in American media.

MON, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Downey Brand

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet STEPHEN HOUGH, PIANO

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is one of the most remarkable chamber ensembles in the world. Not surprising, since its members are drawn from one of the world’s most renowned orchestras. For this performance, pianist Stephen Hough, known for “the most perfect piano playing conceivable” (The Guardian), accompanies the quintet players in a program featuring Mozart, Barber, Poulenc and a Hough original composition.

WED, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 8PM JH

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February Mondavi Center 17–18

Bill Charlap Trio with Cécile McLorin Salvant Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein

In one of three events celebrating legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, jazz pianist Bill Charlap and longtime trio bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington perform songs from Charlap’s 2004 tribute, Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein. Charlap is an acclaimed master of the Great American Songbook, whose inspired reading of Bernstein includes songs from West Side Story, On The Town, Fancy Free and Wonderful Town. Joining the trio onstage is Grammy Award–winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, back for her third consecutive Mondavi Center season.

FRI, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

“A WILD WEST WONDER!” —Hartford Courant

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Cirque Éloize Saloon

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Theater and circus rambunctiously collide in the newest acrobatic creation from contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize. Set to live folk and fiddle music, the story starts with a piano tuner setting his sights on the saloon’s beautiful Belle and ends with a chase worthy of the greatest action-packed Westerns of our time. Hold on to your 10-gallon hats!

SUN, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 3PM JH Sponsored by Hallmark Inn, UC Davis

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February Leyla McCalla Trio A former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, McCalla—who’s also a pro on the cello, tenor banjo and guitar—ventured out on a solo career to pursue a personal sound. Her latest album, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey explores issues of social justice and pan-African consciousness, featuring soulful songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole that are simultaneously fresh, earthy and elegant.

WED–SAT, FEBRUARY 21–24, 2018 8PM VST

Çudamani

Gamelan and Dance of Bali Enjoy an evening-long voyage into Indonesian culture with Çudamani, one of Bali’s most respected gamelan troupes. On tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary, this unforgettable cultural collective showcases both ceremony and ritual through percussive music made by mallet, kendang and gong, ornate costumes and evocative facial expressions that react and play to the rhythm and soul of the music.

SAT, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 8PM JH

Curtis on Tour: Curtis Chamber Ensemble DAVID SHIFRIN, CLARINET One of three events celebrating the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Centennial, the Curtis Institute of Music features a special program saluting Bernstein, certainly one of its most successful former students. The performance includes Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata as played by David Shifrin (one of only two wind musicians to have won the Avery Fisher Prize), plus works by George Gershwin and Aaron Copland (another Curtis alumnus)—all performed by the Curtis Chamber Ensemble, the school’s global touring initiative, arguably containing the most talented student-musicians performing in the world today.

SUN, FEBRUARY 25, 2018 2PM JH FREE. Limit 4 per order. This event does not count toward a CYO subscription.

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March Mondavi Center 17–18

“ LIBERTAD, DESEO Y OBSESIÓN!” —Momiviento

Compañía Nacional de Danza Carmen

Johan Inger’s Carmen is a visionary retelling of mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. Debuting in 2015, and winning the coveted Benois de la Danse prize for choreography in 2016, this contemporary Carmen tells the tale through the eyes of a child, with its heroine a courageous and modern woman, the mountains of Ronda reimagined as poor suburbs, the military now senior executives and the bullfighter recast as a movie star.

SAT, MARCH 3, 2018 8PM JH SUN, MARCH 4, 2018 2PM JH Sponsored by UC Davis Health

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields JOSHUA BELL, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN

Meyer Wieniawski Beethoven

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After a stunning recital last season, Joshua Bell returns with the world’s best-known chamber orchestra to perform a new Edgar Meyer commission for violin and orchestra (one composed with Bell in mind). Overture for Violin & Orchestra Violin Concerto Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”

MON, MARCH 12, 2018 8PM JH

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March

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Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen Two friends come together in an intimate, musical conversation covering the history of modern jazz. Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen makes music that blends jazz and folk styles from Brazil, New Orleans, New York, Eastern Europe and Israel. Fred Hersch is an eighttime Grammy Award nominee and a revered figure among jazz’s piano elite.

“WHEN IT COMES TO THE ART OF SOLO PIANO IN JAZZ, THERE ARE CURRENTLY TWO CLASSES OF PERFORMERS: FRED HERSCH AND EVERYONE ELSE.” —All About Jazz

WED–SAT, MARCH 14–17, 2018 8PM VST Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

Danú and Goitse

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration The Mondavi Center’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration brings two of Ireland’s biggest bands together: Danú, hailing from the south’s historic County Waterford; and Goitse, forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy. Both groups are famous for their high-energy performances in Ireland and around the world. For this concert, they share a double bill mixing traditional Irish music with original compositions. And the celebration gets started off right with a pre-concert beer tasting in the Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby.

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March Mondavi Center 17–18

Yamato—The Drummers of Japan Chousensha

Hailing from Nara, Japan, these masters put on a spectacular visual performance, combining riveting musicianship and high-energy movement with evocatively designed costumes and a remarkable assortment of wadaiko drums. In Chousensha (The Challengers), the drummers express emotions related to overcoming obstacles in their lives by challenging their own limits physically and rhythmically, breathing new life into traditional drumming like never before.

SUN, MARCH 18, 2018 3PM JH

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Zurich Chamber Orchestra DANIEL HOPE, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN The Zurich Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, with Daniel Hope treating audiences to Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Bechara El-Khoury’s Unfinished Journey for Violin and String Orchestra (commissioned by Hope for the 10th anniversary of Menuhin’s death) as well as violin concertos from Mendelssohn and Bach.

MON, MARCH 19, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by University Retirement Community

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea mondaviarts.org

An unexpected twist: Wynton Marsalis sits out a tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, ceding the Jackson Hall stage to jazz piano titan Chick Corea. A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, Corea’s irrepressibly melodic playing veers between straightahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, and all points in between. This musical partnership features arrangements of Corea’s songs by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as well as well-loved standards.

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WED, MARCH 21, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

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April LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Merima Ključo & Miroslav Tadić Aritmia The Vanderhoef Studio Theatre is the perfect place to discover the pairing of Bosnian-born concert accordionist Merima Ključo and Miroslav Tadić, an acclaimed guitarist of Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian origins. Aritmia explores the musicians’ common roots and shared loves of traditional Balkan and classical music, alongside original works and arrangements of Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla and the mournful music of sevdah—or “Bosnian blues.”

FRI–SAT, APRIL 6–7, 2018 8PM VST

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J.D. Vance Growing up between the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky, J.D. Vance found upward mobility from high school to the Marine Corps to Yale Law. But instead of focusing on this trajectory, his No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy examines the struggle of growing up middle class in these white, working-class towns, while in a larger sense appraises a demographic in decline, fighting to cope with an evolving America. He shares his personal analysis of this culture in crisis.

WED, APRIL 11, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Downey Brand

The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor This versatile family band is led by fiddle legend Mark O’Connor, whose career has been defined by eclecticism. The New York Times dubbed his career “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music.” Teaming up with his sons, daughter and daughterin-law, O’Connor effortlessly mixes progressive bluegrass, country and indie folk into a musical evening that is both familiar and eye-opening.

FRI, APRIL 13, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Park Winters

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“ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR JOURNEYS IN RECENT AMERICAN MUSIC.” —The New York Times on Mark O'Connor’s career


April Mondavi Center 17–18

Devendra Sharma and Company Sultana Daku One of the most popular performance genres of Northern India, Nautanki’s rich musical compositions, fine poetry and humorous, entertaining storylines hold a strong influence over North Indian people’s imagination. Sultana Daku depicts the exploits of Sultana, a notorious thief from early 20th-century India who lived in the jungles of Uttar Pradesh.

SUN, APRIL 15, 2018 2PM JH STAGE Part of India in the Artist’s Eye Festival

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra KEITH LOCKHART, CONDUCTOR Heralded for stylistic diversity ranging from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music to the Great American Songbook—and all points in between—The Boston Pops are “the perfect orchestra for people who don’t know they like orchestras!” says music director Keith Lockhart. Serving his 18th season as conductor with the Pops, Lockhart has led more than 1,300 concerts and nearly 40 tours with the Boston Pops, which celebrates 132 years in 2017 and makes its Mondavi Center debut on this tour.

THU, APRIL 19, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Sactown Magazine

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective mondaviarts.org 866.754.2787

Socially conscious music rooted in the Black Lives Matter movement, Terence Blanchard’s debut album with the E-Collective captures how, in Blanchard’s words, “music and art have the power to change hearts and souls.” This electric, fusioninfluenced ensemble boasts guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard, Jr. and drummer Oscar Seaton.

FRI, APRIL 20, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

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April “PEDRITO IS A GENIUS. WORKING WITH HIM HAS BEEN A REVELATION.” —Wynton Marsalis

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Pedrito Martinez Group When the Pedrito Martinez Group takes the stage, a wave of pure energy embraces the audience. A tireless, incomparable performer, Cuban percussionist and singer Martinez heads a band whose sole mission is to raise the roof and share in the infectious joy of music making.

WED–SAT, APRIL 25–28, 2018 8PM VST Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

Young Artists Competition The Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC), now in its 14th year, supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. The weekend-long finals celebration includes three events in one ticket price:

All-Stars Concert

The Young Artists Competition weekend kicks off with a celebratory concert featuring YAC alumni in a mixed repertoire program.

FRI, APRIL 27, 2018 8PM JH

Competition Finals

Talented young musicians from across the United States take the stage with their best repertoire before an esteemed panel of judges. The finalists will be competing for cash prizes and a spot in the Young Artists Competition Winners Concert.

SAT, APRIL 28, 2018 10AM JH

Winners Concert

Lara Downes hosts the celebratory concert featuring the incredibly talented winners of the 14th annual Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition. The competition, held by live auditions in cities throughout the U.S., is juried by a panel of internationally renowned musicians, with winners in multiple instrumental categories.

SUN, APRIL 29, 2018 2PM JH

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May Mondavi Center 17–18

“QUITE SIMPLY AN AMAZING PIANIST!” —The New York Times

Vladimir Feltsman, piano Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and commanding musicians of our time. Feltsman returns to the Mondavi Center to embark on a three-year project—Connections, Influences and Inspirations— featuring an annual performance that explores the ways in which some of the greatest composers for the keyboard drew on the work of those who came before. This first performance of the project will focus on the work of Bach, Haydn and Beethoven.

WED, MAY 2, 2018 8PM JH

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Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano and Jason Vieaux, guitar

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The pairing of Grammy winners Sasha Cooke and Jason Vieaux casts extraordinary magic out of just voice and guitar. Each artist has built a distinct career: Vieaux boasts a wide-ranging discography and his own school of classical guitar; Cooke has thrived with her acclaimed interpretations of Mahler as well as an ongoing commitment to new music. A Mondavi Center return for both performers (but a first appearance as a duo), this evening builds on their debut at Music@Menlo in a program that veers toward intimacy, with a distinctly Spanish flair.

FRI, MAY 4, 2018 8PM JH STAGE

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May

An Evening with

ADDED! David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

WED, MAY 9, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by Sactown Magazine

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra One of the finest jazz groups working today, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra thrives on cross-cultural collaboration and cuttingedge improvisation. A regular Sundaynight gig at New York’s famed Birdland has helped hone the group’s tight ensemble runs, stirring dynamics and impeccable sense of swing.

FRI, MAY 11, 2018 8PM JH Sponsored by MAK Design + Build

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May inDANCE Mondavi Center 17–18

One of Canada’s most progressive dance companies, inDANCE presents two traditional programs that integrate decades of original courtesan dance research, complex choreography, live music and stunning visual and lighting design. The show begins with The Book of Sandalwood, which draws on South Asian poetry, followed by Purnima/FullMoon, which transports South Indian court dance into a spectacular world of dynamic music, film and light.

SAT, MAY 12, 2018 8PM JH STAGE SUN, MAY 13, 2018 2PM JH STAGE Part of India in the Artist’s Eye Festival

New Century Chamber Orchestra ZACHARY DE PUE, LEADER/CONCERTMASTER SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, PIANO

The New Century Chamber Orchestra offers a fresh perspective of classical music by combining performances of extraordinary quality with innovative programming. Purcell Chacony in G Minor (arr. Britten) Dessner Aheym Geminiani Concerto Grosso No. 12 Bach Keyboard Concerto in G Minor Glass Concerto

WED, MAY 16, 2018 8PM JH

San Francisco Symphony

DAVID ROBERTSON, GUEST CONDUCTOR KIRILL GERSTEIN, PIANO mondaviarts.org

Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has since received some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards. After a one-year interlude, the symphony returns to the Mondavi Center, this time under the baton of maestro David Robertson. Engelsflügel Symphony No. 102 Piano Concerto No. 1

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Dean Haydn Brahms

THU, MAY 24, 2018 8PM JH

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Giving What your donation means. You have heard it before: ticket sales only cover a portion of the real cost of presenting performances. Your additional support enables us to provide valuable services to the community. There are tax advantages to your gift. This is all true, but it misses a very important point. Donating helps you become more than just an audience member. When you make a gift to the Mondavi Center, you enhance your experience both in and out of the theater. You are suddenly a member of a large and caring family. You meet people. You notice more things and you feel like you belong in a new and wonderful way. You have increased access to artists, events and information. So we encourage you to keep the arts alive by making sure there is a welcoming home and a promising future for the arts and artists. But we also encourage you to donate for yourself. For a complete list of giving levels and donor benefits, visit mondaviarts.org/giving.

Thank you to our 2017–18 sponsors Season Sponsors Chan Family Fund

John and Lois Crowe

Patti Donlon

• Wanda Lee Graves and Steve Duscha • Anne Gray Barbara K. Jackson • Nancy Lawrence and Gordon Klein • M.A. Morris William and Nancy Roe • Western Health Advantage

Thomas and Phyllis Farver

Series Sponsors

Performance Sponsors

Grantors and Arts Education Sponsors

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Ways to Save!

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Subscribing is the best way to save! Receive season-long discounts off individual ticket prices, and benefits like fee-free exchanges, advance notice of Just Added shows and the ability to renew early for the next season, before tickets go on sale to the public.

Series Subscription

These pre-packaged series of events represent our deepest public discount of 20%, with packages starting at $40. Plus, series subscribers save 15% off additional tickets purchased throughout the season.

Choose-Your-Own Package

Create your own Mondavi Center experience. Choose any 5 or more shows for a discount of 15%, including 10% off additional tickets purchased throughout the season, or any 3 shows for a discount of 10%, including 5% off additional tickets purchased throughout the season.

UC Davis Faculty and Staff

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UC Davis Students

Youth (age 17 and under) 50% off all Mondavi Center Presenting Program tickets.+

UC Davis faculty and staff save an additional 10% off Mondavi Center Presenting Program tickets. 50% off all Mondavi Center Presenting Program tickets.

10% off all Mondavi Center Presenting Program tickets.

Student, youth and military discounts cannot be combined with other discounts.

Non-UC Davis Students

25% off all Mondavi Center Presenting Program tickets.*

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*Full-time students age 18 and over, enrolled for the current academic year at an accredited institution and matriculating toward a diploma or a degree (continuing education enrollees are not eligible.) Proof Requirements: School ID showing validity for the current academic year or copy of your transcript and tuition bill receipt for the current academic year. +(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 those noted as “Family Fun,” it is recommended for the enjoyment of all patrons that children under the age of 5 not be brought to performances.

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Mondavi Center 2017-18 - Single ticket brochure  

The 2017-18 season marks the 15th anniversary of the Mondavi Center! We invite you to join our family of subscribers.

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