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Welcome, The launch of a new season is the meeting point of multiple timelines. On one end, there are performances in this brochure that we have anticipated bringing for three years or more: When we learned Michael Tilson Thomas would conclude his tenure with the San Francisco Symphony next season, having him return to Jackson Hall—which he and the SFS opened in 2002—became imperative. On the other end, are those events that came to light as we neared the finish line, such as when we found out, only a few weeks ago, that the iconic singersongwriter John Prine was eager to make his Mondavi Center debut. In between those long-planned and urgently added events are others that we booked in the year leading up to our season announcement. This season, as with every season, we have aimed to strike a balance between much-loved artists in return engagements and those new to our audiences, between emerging artists early in their career and established stars. As always, we think the best way to experience the Mondavi Center is to take the subscription journey, which inevitably brings you riches both expected and brandnew. Whether your tastes run to one genre, or you are an omnivorous arts consumer, we have a subscription package that will fit your budget and give you a broad picture of what’s happening today. As you explore the 19-20 season, I urge you to take a chance on something new. One of the best ways to do so is to explore the DIRECTOR’S CHOICE shows marked throughout the book. These events feature performers who are perhaps not on your radar but truly should be. Year after year, our most enthusiastic audience compliments come from shows like these that have the capacity to surprise. I look forward to welcoming you in the Mondavi Center this season. Cover: Musica Nuda Photo by Massimo Zannoni This page: Mondavi Center 18–19 Gala Photo by Image Outfitters Photography

DON ROTH, PH.D.


DECEMBER

SEPTEMBER SUN 9/29

TREY MCLAUGHLIN & THE SOUNDS OF ZAMAR

SUN

12/8

JOHN PRINE

SAT

12/14 DANÚ: An Emerald Isle Christmas

BARBARA K. JACKSON RISING STARS OF OPERA

TUE

12/17

OCTOBER FRI

10/4

10/5 SAT

SUN 12/8 An Acoustic Evening with MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & SHAWN COLVIN

10/10 LILA DOWNS: Calavera A Día de los Muertos Celebration THU

ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET PINK MARTINI

JANUARY SUN

10/13 MOMIX: VIVA Momix

1/5

ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET

SUN

SAT

10/13

1/11

An Evening with ITZHAK PERLMAN

SUN

SUN

1/12

FOCUS ON FILM: Badlands

ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET

WED 10/16

NASA Astronaut TERRY VIRTS: View From Above THU

10/17

FRI 10/18

LUCA PISARONI, bass-baritone BELA FLECK, EDGAR MEYER & ZAKIR HUSSAIN

WED 1/22 THU

1/23

FRI

1/24

SAT

1/25

TORD GUSTAVSEN TRIO

10/21 ANDREW BIRD with special guest Meshell Ndegeocello

SAT

1/25

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin

WED 10/23

WED

1/29

SAMIN NOSRAT: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

FRI

1/31

SPEKTRAL QUARTET

MON

THU

10/24

FRI

10/25

SAT

10/26

KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE

FEBRUARY SAT

2/1

THU

2/6

JOSHUA BELL, violin

FRI

2/7

FOCUS ON FILM: Bonnie and Clyde

SAT

2/8

SUN

2/9

SAT

2/15

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

SUN

2/23

SHANGHAI BALLET: Giselle

NOVEMBER SAT SUN

11/2 11/3

WED 11/13 THU

11/14

FRI

11/15

SAT

11/16

MUSICA NUDA

WED 2/26

11/16 MERCE CUNNINGHAM CENTENARY CNDC D’ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON SAT

TUE

11/19 ZURICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Daniel Hope, music director and violin

FRI

11/22

HARLEM 100

THU

2/27

FRI

2/28

SPEKTRAL QUARTET

CIRCA: Humans

West Coast tour canceled

ROSIE KAY DANCE COMPANY: 5 Soldiers

SAT 2/29 ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS Joshua Bell, music director and violin


MARCH MON 3/2 GARY YOUNGE Campus Community Book Project WED 3/4 THU

3/5

FRI

3/6

SAT

3/7

SAT 3/7 SUN

3/8

MON

3/9

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Michael Tilson Thomas, music director CURTIS ON TOUR CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT: Ogresse

FRI 3/13

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO

FRI

3/13

SAT

3/14

TUE 3/17 FRI

3/20

SAT 3/21 FRI

3/27

MELISSA ALDANA QUARTET

DREAMERS’ CIRCUS THE HIGH KINGS SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN MNOZIL BRASS ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ & PEDRITO MARTINEZ

METROPOLE ORKEST

APRIL SAT

4/3

MON

4/5 YAMATO: Jhonetsu

WED

4/15

FRI

4/17

SUN

4/19

SAT 4/25

VLADIMIR FELTSMAN, piano MAGGIE HABERMAN SANDBOX PERCUSSION TANIA PÉREZ-SALAS COMPAÑÍA DE DANZA

MAY FRI

5/1

FRI

5/1

SAT

INSIDE SERIES LISTINGS 4 Orchestra 6 Concert 10 Dance 16 Jackson Hall Jazz 18 Studio Jazz 20 American Heritage 22 With A Twist 30 Speakers 32 World Stage 40 Alexander String Quartet

EVENTS BY ADD-ON CATEGORIES 8 Vocal 12 Special Events 24 Visions 29 Focus on Film 34 Family 38 Holidays

42 Engagement and Education 43 Giving 44 Seating 45 Ordering

BOKANTE JH Jackson Hall

5/2

YUMI KUROSAWA, koto with special guest Anubrata Chatterjee, tabla

SUN

5/3

FOCUS ON FILM: Hell or High Water

VST Vanderhoef Studio Theatre

WED

5/6

MALPASO DANCE COMPANY

JH CAB Jackson Hall On-Stage Cabaret VST CAB Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Cabaret

THU 5/7 LARA DOWNES & FRIENDS A Celebration of Judy Collins FRI 5/8 CHO-LIANG LIN, violin JON KIMURA PARKER, piano SAT

5/9

JOHN BEASLEY’S MONK’ESTRA

SUN

5/31

SONIA DE LOS SANTOS

JUNE SUN

6/7

ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET

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“What classical music does best and must always do more, is to show this kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage.” —Michael Tilson Thomas

Orchestra Our signature series showcasing preeminent orchestras from around the world, acclaimed soloists and expansive repertoire, all in the rich acoustic environment of Jackson Hall.

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, MUSIC DIRECTOR & VIOLIN

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Pinchas Zukerman, CONDUCTOR & VIOLIN

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Israeli-born Pinchas Zukerman leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as both conductor and violin soloist in a program featuring Bruch’s violin concerto and Brahms’ first symphony, a piece the composer labored over for 14 years as he wrestled with the impact of Beethoven. With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought-after and versatile musicians—violin and viola soloist, conductor and chamber musician—and currently serves as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal guest conductor. Mendelssohn Bruch Brahms SAT, JAN

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Overture: Hebrides Op. 26 (Fingal’s Cave) Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

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The Marriage of Figaro Overture Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6 Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

29 8PM

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San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, MUSIC DIRECTOR The San Francisco Symphony brings Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 9 to the Mondavi Center in 2020, as Michael Tilson Thomas, the longest-tenured music director at any major American orchestra, bids farewell. MTT and the San Francisco Symphony performed in Jackson Hall on the Mondavi Center’s opening night in 2002, a night in which Tilson Thomas declared Jackson Hall a “wonderful new instrument.” We celebrate his tenure with the SFS and his long association with our beloved hall on this special night. Mahler

Symphony No. 9 in D Major

SAT, MAR

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Mozart Paganini Beethoven SAT, FEB

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Under the leadership of acclaimed music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns for an evening of music-making including the fireworks and lyricism of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and only the second Mondavi Center performance ever of Beethoven’s landmark Fifth Symphony. In describing the ensemble’s collaboration with Bell, The Washington Post declared, “Bell was so at one with his fellow musicians, they seemed to be breathing together.” This Leap Day performance is sure to be as special and rare as the date on which it falls.

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Concert The finest and most celebrated classical artists working today.

“Every note played in this concert from start to finish was as immaculate as it was joyous.” —The Hunts Post (UK) on Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope

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Joshua Bell, violin With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His last recital at the Mondavi Center only furthered our conviction that Bell is an artist whose restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests continue to take him in exciting new directions. Together with his Academy of St Martin in the Fields appearance, audiences have the rare opportunity to see an artist working in multiple settings, exploring his limitless musical gifts. SAT, NOV

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Zurich Chamber Orchestra Daniel Hope, MUSIC DIRECTOR & VIOLIN One of the pleasures of working at the Mondavi Center is the ability to build relationships with artists and ensembles. Hearing a few bars of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra were all the encouragement we needed to invite them back. For this program, violinist Daniel Hope (artistic planner at the New Century Chamber Orchestra) and company pair Vivaldi’s classic Four Seasons with German composer Max Richter’s riveting re-interpretation of the piece. The program builds on Hope’s most recent album, released in 2017 and titled For Seasons, which is his very personal homage to the seasons. TUE, NOV

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Vladimir Feltsman, piano Connections, Influences and Inspirations, Part III In this third and final edition of his concert trilogy, Vladimir Feltsman shares the final act of a story he began telling at Mondavi Center in 2018. Known as one of the most versatile and commanding musicians of our time, pianist and conductor Feltsman covered works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin in year one; and by Schumann and Brahms in year two. In this final program, titled “Inspirations,” Feltsman will perform his interpretations of works by Beethoven and Schubert. The old saying is “the third time is the charm” but audience members will be hard-pressed to pick a favorite among Feltsman’s trinity of performances. FRI, APR

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Cho-Liang Lin, violin Jon Kimura Parker, piano

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Vocal

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Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Since its inception in 2010, Rising Stars of Opera has featured vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow; and every ticket has been free to the public thanks to Barbara K. Jackson. Several singers from the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow program will perform a wide range of great arias in recital and with full orchestral accompaniment from our own UC Davis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mark Morash. SAT, OCT

l to r: Ashley Dixon, mezzo Christopher Colmenero, tenor Christopher Oglesby, tenor

5 8PM JH

Mark Morash, conductor

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“His voice is brawny silk, technically accurate and emotionally on the mark.” —Houstonia on Luca Pisaroni

Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today, shares his distinct talent with the Mondavi Center audience. Since his debut at age 26 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pisaroni has continued to bring his compelling artistry to the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls and festivals. While he originally made his mark with Mozart, he has expanded his repertoire with signature interpretations of works by Beethoven, Schönberg, Rossini, Brahms, Bach and Mendelssohn just to name a few. THU, OCT

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17 8PM JH

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“She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace.” —Wynton Marsalis on Cécile McLorin Salvant

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

Cécile McLorin Salvant Ogresse Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse is an original song cycle on which she collaborates with arranger and conductor Darcy James Argue. This latest project from the two-time Grammy winner is a work both musical and narrative, a fairytale-like musical journey about a female ogre who falls in love with a man and, in the end, devours him. Since the release of Cécile, her 2010 debut album, Salvant has been wowing critics and audiences, including in her three Mondavi Center performances over the past four years. Backed with a big band and ingenious arrangements by Argue, this parable that touches on race and gender with humor and insight is a landmark artistic statement for Salvant. MON, MAR

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9 7PM JH

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Dance Series

Dance

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Choreography, music and impeccably trained dancers come together to create unique expressions of the human experience.

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

Merce Cunningham Centenary CNDC d’Angers/Robert Swinston Honoring what would have been Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday, CNDC d’Angers and Artistic Director Robert Swinston bring together two of Cunningham’s landmark works, Beach Birds and BIPED, each with live musical accompaniment. Cunningham’s genius has had a defining impact on modern dance and the avant-garde. His appearance with his company at the Mondavi Center in 2008, during which they performed BIPED (a work that features massive projections) was a landmark moment for modern dance in the Sacramento region. Swinston was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for more than 30 years, and served as Cunningham’s assistant beginning in 1992. With CNDC d’Angers, Swinston brings his very personal interpretation of Cunningham’s legacy to this production. SAT, NOV

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16 8PM

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Shanghai Ballet see p. 13 Giselle

West Coast tour canceled

SUN, FEB 23, 7PM • JH Not part of a series, but may be added on to any subscription package.

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“The cumulative power of this dance reaches a visionary scale. BIPED is a work to get lost in, an almost mystical place where flesh meets form, and, by extension, where body meets spirit.” —danceservice.co.uk on Merce Cunningham’s BIPED

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza returns to the Mondavi Center stage for the first time in more than a decade. Each work of the Compañía is derived from a creative process based on personal experiences, socio-historical problems and different artistic media. For this appearance, the company’s program includes the stunning Las Aguas del Olvido (The Waters of Forgetfulness) in which the dancers move on a gigantic pool of water. Dance Magazine raves of Tania Pérez-Salas: “her gift is as a choreographer of images that extend far beyond the physical.” SAT,

APR 25 8PM

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Malpaso Dance Company In the few short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance groups, with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company is led by its original three founders: resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana. Malpaso—together with The Joyce Theater, New York’s preeminent dance presenter—has commissioned original works from a number of prominent North American and international choreographers, including Indomitable Waltz by Aszure Barton and Tabula Rasa by Ohad Nahrin, both of which will be presented in the company’s Mondavi Center debut. WED, MAY

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Special Events

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“A journey into perfection: virtuosity of the highest order.” —Palm Beach Arts Paper on Itzhak Perlman

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman Stories of his life and career Itzhak Perlman visits the Mondavi Center for an evening of stories and music. While his sold-out recitals at the Mondavi Center have been delighting local audiences for more than a decade, this evening will be a new multimedia experience with Perlman sharing stories of his life and career (with a microphone), and performing with his longtime pianist Rohan De Silva. Classical music’s most prominent ambassador, Perlman has been granted a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama. SAT, JAN

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Shanghai Ballet

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Giselle The Shanghai Ballet makes its much-anticipated return to North America and the Mondavi Center with a production of Giselle, a romantic ballet masterwork replete with supernatural spirits and heartbreak. The company’s dazzling performances have been called “elegant” (Charleston City Paper), “radiant” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “technically exquisite and emotionally moving” (Ottawa Citizen). Organized in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet is one of the world’s preeminent ballet companies led by renowned ballerina Xin Lili. SUN, FEB

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23 7PM JH

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“A visual feast of color, form and movement.” —Alive magazine on Shanghai Ballet

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Add-On Curtis on Tour Vera Quartet and Meng-Chieh Liu, piano The Mondavi Center’s longstanding partnership with Curtis on Tour brings us faculty pianist Meng-Chieh Liu and the Vera Quartet, which is currently the string quartet-inresidence at the Curtis Institute of Music. A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with just three hours’ notice. Formed in 2015, the Vera Quartet has held residencies at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy and the Banff Centre, and has embarked on tours of Spain and South Korea. Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its alumni are engaged regularly at the world’s great opera houses and professional training programs. Beethoven Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4 David Hertzberg String quartet commissioned for this tour Franck Piano Quintet in F Minor SUN, MAR

“Mesmerizing.”

8 2PM JH

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—The New York Times on Yumi Kurosawa & Anubrata Chatterjee DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

Yumi Kurosawa, koto with special guest Anubrata Chatterjee, tabla Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee to deliver a program that brings together two expressive musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India. The duo spin mesmerizing musical tales as they reinforce the powerful idea of music as a means to enhance the collaborative spirit of our global community. Together, instrumental virtuosity illuminates the deeply rooted similarities of their respective crafts and their affinity and respect for one another. FRI–SAT, MAY

1–2 8PM VST CAB

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“A rare combination of virtuosity and humanity.” —The Los Angeles Times on Cho-Liang Lin DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

Cho-Liang Lin, violin Jon Kimura Parker, piano Inspired by America Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is known for virtuosity and a taste for adventurous programming, as well as championing composers of our time. For his Mondavi Center debut, Lin pairs with pianist Jon Kimura Parker in a program inspired by America, featuring Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2, Dvořák’s Violin Sonatina and Copland’s Sonata for Violin. Having performed as soloist with virtually every major orchestra in the world, he has also served on the faculty of his alma mater, The Juilliard School. Parker has worked extensively with Lin, and is equally musically adventurous, branching into jazz, tango and work with The Police’s drummer Stewart Copeland. FRI, MAY

8 8PM JH CAB

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Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez Grammy-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez first worked together on Rodríguez’s 2012 release Invasion Parade. Since that initial recording session, they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing. Each artist brings a different approach to the collaboration. Rodríguez was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, and his playing is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Afro Cuban and jazz roots. Martinez’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana in which he was raised. SAT, MAR

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Metropole Orkest A Tribute to Quincy Jones When you think of an orchestra, you think classical music. That’s not the Metropole Orkest. Playing jazz, pop, world music and film scores, the Metropole Orkest has shared the stage with legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, Basement Jaxx and Bono. The Orkest invests just as much in playing with the next generation of stars like Kovacs, Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy and Gregory Porter. For its Mondavi Center debut, Metropole Orkest celebrates music legend Quincy Jones, covering his work as a film composer, pop icon and swinging arranger. FRI, MAR

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Jackson Hall Jazz Series

Jackson Hall Jazz Unparalleled genius and astounding virtuosity presented on our grandest stage.

“Magical and transcendent.” —Stage and Cinema on MONK’estra

John Beasley’s MONK’estra MONK + MONK’estra: A Cinematic Concert Experience Coming on the heels of a world premiere at Walt Disney Hall, MONK + MONK’estra is a cinematic experience that draws on rare performance footage to bring the idiosyncratic genius of the pianist, composer and cultural icon to life on a screen above the band. Under the masterful direction of Grammy-nominated pianist, arranger and composer John Beasley, the 15-piece MONK’estra captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music in fresh arrangements flavored with contemporary sounds that range from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop. SAT, MAY

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“A drummer conversant in an ultramodern sense of propulsion.” —New York Times on Kendrick Scott

Kendrick Scott Oracle “Kendrick Scott has become the Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams of his generation,” says renowned trumpeter and bandleader Terence Blanchard. Scott’s longtime band, Oracle, builds on the legacy of Blanchard and Blakey’s bands, creating a community that allows individual musicians to find their own voice. The group’s debut Blue Note album, We Are the Drum, featured compositions by each of the bandmembers and its newest release continues the growth and experimentation that keep Oracle at the forefront of the way jazz is played today. WED, OCT

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Tord Gustavsen Trio Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen creates lyrical, stripped-down music that is deceptive in its simplicity. On his recent album, The Other Side, Gustavsen returns to the piano trio setting, expanding its repertoire with new compositions as well as arrangements of J.S. Bach chorales and traditional Scandinavian hymns. The elements long-present in Gustavsen’s work remain intact: an appreciation for silence and space, a reverence built on the hymns of his youth, a Nordic kind of soulfulness and an instinct for memorable compositions. WED, JAN

“You won’t hear a more elegant or aesthetically rounded concert all year.” —The Observer (UK) on Tord Gustavsen Trio

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Studio Jazz Series

Studio Jazz Your favorite intimate jazz club, featuring emerging and established artists.

“Cultured, emotionally weighted, purposeful.” —Boston Globe on Melissa Aldana

Melissa Aldana Quartet Representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz” (The Washington Post), Chilean-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana is a prodigious talent whose instrumental chops and creative improvisations are a family tradition. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father, Marcos Aldana (son of saxophonist Enrique Aldana, whose Selmer Mark VI tenor Melissa performs with to this day). She began on alto but after hearing Sonny Rollins she switched to tenor and never looked back. For her Mondavi Center debut, Aldana will perform a standard jazz set alongside her suite, Visions for Frida Kahlo, dedicated to the painter Frida Kahlo. WED, MAR

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“I’m fascinated by America ... it’s so odd.”

American Heritage An ongoing exploration of the diversity and dynamism of the American musical landscape.

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—John Prine


American Heritage Series

John Prine Two-time Grammy award–winner and American treasure John Prine makes his long-overdue debut on the Mondavi Center stage. Since his eponymously titled first album in 1971, Prine has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Paradise” and “Hello in There” speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener. Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Kelsey Waldon, one of country music’s most promising rising stars, opens the evening. FRI, OCT

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Harlem 100 Featuring Mwenso and the Shakes with special guests Brianna Thomas, Michaela Marino Lerman and Vuyo Sotashe The Harlem Renaissance was an unrivaled period of brilliance. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and hosted by Michael Mwenso, Harlem 100 presents the most exciting Harlem musicians and dancers in a modern variety show that pays homage to the presentations made famous in the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, as well as a nine-piece band with three dancers, Harlem 100 celebrates one of the most influential artistic movements of our country and gives insight into Harlem then and now. FRI, NOV

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An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin Singers, songwriters and folk legends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin share a rare duo performance of treasured hits and an exploration of the songwriter’s craft. With songs like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Chapin Carpenter has won five Grammy awards (with 15 nominations) and is one of only 15 female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is joined by Colvin, the woman Bonnie Raitt describes as “simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard.” In the nearly 30 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy awards, released 12 albums, and has written a critically acclaimed memoir. SUN, DEC

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Unparalleled purveyors of a multilingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds, Pink Martini deliver beloved songs from around the globe, and a dash of holiday music to celebrate the season. Led by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale who will be joined by vocalist China Forbes, the “little orchestra” draws inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. As Lauderdale once said, “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” This performance will feature tracks from their phenomenal 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.” TUE, DEC

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“A guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals.” —The Sydney Star Observer on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Celebrating more than 40 years of presenting their playful, but decidedly rigorous, view of traditional, classical ballet en travesti, the Trocks return to the Mondavi Center stage with their inspired blend of loving knowledge of dance, comic approach and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. From the early days of performing in late-late shows in off-off Broadway lofts to the stages of the Bolshoi and the Folies Bergere, this company of professional male dancers have deservedly enjoyed both popular and critical success around the world. FRI, MAR

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“An evening of superlative entertainment blended with great humor.” Mnozil Brass

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With a signature brand of playfulness often likened to Monty Python, Austria’s Mnozil Brass returns to the Mondavi Center brass a-blazing! Their performances are known to be infectious, energetic, and downright effervescent. Astounding musicianship is combined with offbeat humor and physical comedy. Add showmanship to serious musical chops on original compositions, classical favorites, jazz standards and popular hits, and you have got quite a spectacle. One glance at Mnozil’s online videos quickly turns the curious into converts, but it is the unforgettable live experience that will create lifelong fans. FRI, MAR

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Get up close and personal with some of the most innovative artists working today, in spaces that encourage engagement and discovery.

Musica Nuda Comprised of just two musicians from Italy, Petra Magoni (voice) and Ferruccio Spinetti (double bass), Musica Nuda is a prime example of an ensemble whose value is greater than the sum of its parts. They use a bit of jazz, a bit of songwriting, and elements of rock, punk and classical music to underline the value of a lyric and explore the meaning of every song whether dramatic, funny, sarcastic or romantic. They approach performance as a dialogue rather than as a singer with accompanist, and while they are commited to their work, they do not take themselves too seriously. WED, NOV

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“A must-see!” —TELERAMA.FR (France) on Musica Nuda

Spektral Quartet In conjunction with the UC Davis Department of Music’s Taproot Composition Festival, the Mondavi Center presents Spektral Quartet. The Chicago-based quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year or this week. Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere and bold, inquisitive programming, including their Grammynominated collaboration with Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy la Tradición. FRI, JAN

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“Preposterous, charming and brilliantly performed.” —BBC Music Magazine on Spektral Quartet

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“An extraordinary exploration of modern war as a physical experience.” —The Independent on Rosie Kay Dance Company’s 5 Soldiers

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Rosie Kay Dance Company: 5 Soldiers A thrilling and humane portrait of army life tells the stories of five men and women serving on the front line. In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion, The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited Great Britain’s Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for Armed Forces. What came of these observations is this awardwinning, five-star work. Deeply realistic, stark and thrilling, 5 Soldiers offers no moral stance on war, but instead questions what it is that we ask of our soldiers. With Kay’s trademark intense physical and athletic dance theatre, 5 Soldiers explores how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century. WED, FEB

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“Luminous—a concert that spoke to all senses.” —GAFFA (Denmark) on Dreamers’ Circus

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Dreamers’ Circus Described as ethereal Nordic folk music, Dreamers’ Circus is comprised of three close friends and members of the Danish String Quartet whose bond informs their powerfully connective music. Using traditional instruments (piano, accordion, violin and cittern), Dreamers’ Circus evokes reminiscence while remaining present and relevant. The group has collaborated with musical groups of varying genres—from classical to rock—around the globe, proving that music is truly a universal language. The multi-award–winning trio brings their uniquely familiar sound to the Mondavi Center for two special evenings of traditional yet innovative music. FRI–SAT, MAR

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“Revitalizing the world of contemporary music, and with jaw-dropping virtuosity.” —The Washington Post on Sandbox Percussion

Sandbox Percussion Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” and “a bombshell of raw-talent” by contemporary music tastemakers I Care if You Listen, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading force in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Sandbox seeks to engage a wider audience for classical music. FRI, APR

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Lara Downes & Friends: A Celebration of Judy Collins Featuring special guest Judy Collins Genre-fluid pianist Lara Downes welcomes to the Mondavi Center the iconic musician, activist and innovator, Judy Collins. This special tribute celebrates Collins’ remarkable 50-year musical legacy with performances of her own original compositions and the songs she has made famous—“Both Sides Now,” “Suzanne,” “Send In the Clowns,” and many more. Collins’ luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 55-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The evening will include special guests Helga Davis and other leading female artists, including rising-star alumnae of the illustrious Mondavi Center national Young Artist Program. THU, MAY

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“One of the most iconic folk singer activist divas of our time.” —NPR on Judy Collins

“Downes’s playing is evocative and resonant, like the country whose character she conjures so ably. Listen, and hear America singing.” —Boston Globe on Lara Downes

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Focus on Film FREE Sunday matinee film screenings curated by Executive Director Don Roth and shown in Jackson Hall. This year’s Focus on Film series presents three films that coordinate with the Campus Community Book Project’s theme of gun violence. See page 31 for the related event featuring speaker Gary Younge.

Bonnie and Clyde Directed by Arthur Penn (1967), Rated R, 111 minutes Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), a bored waitress, falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks. Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film, and is regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, since it broke many cinematic taboos and was popular with the younger generation. Its success prompted other filmmakers to be more open in presenting sex and violence in their films. The film’s ending also became iconic as “one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history” (The New York Times). SUN, NOV

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Badlands Directed by Terrence Malick (1973), Rated PG, 94 minutes An impressionable teenage girl (Sissy Spacek) from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend (Martin Sheen) embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. Loosely based on a true story, Badlands is often cited by film critics as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time. The film was also notable for its lyrical photography, and its music, which includes pieces by Carl Orff. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” SUN, JAN

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Hell or High Water Directed by David Mackenzie (2016), Rated R, 102 minutes This neo-Western crime thriller follows a divorced father and his older ex-con brother (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies to save their family ranch, while being pursued by two Texas Rangers (Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham). The American Film Institute selected it as one of its ten Movies of the Year, and it was nominated for numerous awards, including four Oscars. SUN, MAY

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Speakers Provocative and engaging talks from some of the most pioneering and inspirational thinkers of our time.

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NASA Astronaut

Samin Nosrat

View From Above

Cookbook Author & Host of Netflix Series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand-new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space.

As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she has pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor, aiming to create work that inspires, creates community, and raises cultural, social and environmental awareness. Her New York Times bestselling book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking won the 2018 James Beard General Cookbook of the Year, among other notable awards. A documentary series based on the book is now streaming on Netflix.

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Gary Younge

Maggie Haberman

Campus Community Book Project Another Day in the Death of America

New York Times White House Correspondent

Award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist for The Guardian, Gary Younge comes to the Mondavi Center for the first time as part of the Campus Community Book Project, which will focus on gun violence during the 19–20 academic year. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream; Who Are We? And Should it Matter in the 21st Century?; Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States; and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South. MON, MAR

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Maggie Haberman, New York Times White House correspondent, CNN political analyst and Pulitzer Prize winner, has established herself as one of the country’s most respected journalists and reliable resources for expert commentary on current events and national issues. One of the most influential voices in national affairs journalism today, she opens audiences’ eyes with a remarkably informed perspective on President Trump, based on their complex relationship and her history of covering him. She examines his influence on key issues affecting all Americans and his battles with the American press. Her stories on covering a contentious administration offer a revealing insider’s look at what is sure to be known as our country’s most explosive era of modern journalism.

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abundance Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain

Three masterful genre-benders and the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments, Béla Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Edgar Meyer (bassist/multi-instrumentalist) move with ease among the genres of classical, bluegrass and world music. Among the most limitless creators and composers of music, Fleck, Hussain and Meyer share an unprecedented array of projects and pairings among them that touch every geographical and stylistic corner of the musical world. The trio of master musicians released The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio in 2009 featuring their innovative “Triple Concerto for Banjo, Double Bass and Tabla.” FRI, OCT

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Bokante Bokante is a world-music supergroup founded by Michael League (of Snarky Puppy) and Malika Tirolien, who is originally from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Singing in both Creole and French, Tirolien’s words draw nuanced pictures of the struggles we face in our world today—racism, the refugee crisis, a dying planet, apathy towards human suffering—and offer thankfulness for those things that unify us, as well as provide hope for the future of our race. As League describes the group, “In combining our different accents I feel that there is a strangely common and poignant sound, one that can reach and relate to listeners around the world.” FRI, MAY

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World Stage A musical journey around the globe with some of the world’s finest cultural ambassadors.

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Lila Downs Calavera: A Día de los Muertos Celebration With appearances by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas Singer Lila Downs shares Calavera, a Día de los Muertos celebration of music, dance and ritual. Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. THU, OCT

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Visual delights that inspire the imagination and ignite wonderment in the young and young at heart.

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar takes its audiences “to church” with soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary gospel, musical theater and rich original compositions. The ensemble has performed with gospel greats such as William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Richard Smallwood, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Earnest Pugh, James Fortune and Mondavi Center 18–19 season performer Damien Sneed. McLaughlin and this anointed group are known for their rich harmonies and beautiful blends which are showcased throughout their album Limitless. With their heavenly vocals and intricate arrangements of contemporary gospel and musical theater covers, The Sounds of Zamar transcends cultural boundaries and age groups. SUN, SEP

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Circa Humans Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa brings its newest concept, Humans, to the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. With a specially designed and highly intimate seating arrangement, ten dancers take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. They lead us to reflect on our lives, our loved ones, the burdens we carry, and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. The performers push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theater and circus—and lead the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that “redraw the limits to which circus can aspire” (The Age). This is a more mature performance, recommended for ages 10+. THU–FRI, FEB

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“Stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work of the highest calibre.” —ArtsHub on Circa’s Humans

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MOMIX VIVA Momix Explore wonder through a lens that only MOMIX can provide. This season, MOMIX brings VIVA to the Mondavi Center stage. VIVA is a mix-and-match variety of sections from their beloved shows Botanica, Alchemia, Remix, Opus Cactus and Lunar Sea. Small vignettes make up the two-act performance, mixing traditional MOMIX styles of illusion, beauty, magic and fun. Known internationally for presenting works of astounding inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton. MOMIX takes you into a surreal fantasy world, allowing you to dip your toes into the “stream of unconsciousness,” as Pendleton describes, with multi-layered performances that are fascinating and engaging for all ages. SUN, OCT

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“Two thousand years of samurais, shinto meditation and sake being built up and released through fiesty young drummers and their kits.” —KPAS (UK) on Yamato

Yamato Jhonetsu Through traditional Taiko drumming, Yamato seeks to create “tamashii,” which translates as soul, spirit and psyche, the very elements of life itself. Hailing from the village of Asuka, thought to be the birthplace of Japanese culture, Yamato’s motto is “Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy.” The globe-trotting troupe achieves this by infusing traditional drumming virtuosity with original compositions and theatrical staging. The result is a vital, pulsating experience that connects these exceptional artists with their audience through “shin-on”—a shared heartbeat. Their family-friendly performance is sure to ignite “jhonetsu”—passion—within you! SUN, APR

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo South Africa’s musical ambassador to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most popular a cappella vocal ensembles. In a show especially designed for families, the group draws from its album Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World, which was nominated for Best Children’s Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Expect songs like “Love Your Neighbor,” “Everything’s So Stupid!” and “Old MacDonald Zulu Style” as Ladysmith Black Mambazo enchants young audiences with uplifting harmonies and plenty of laughter, too. SAT, FEB

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Sonia De Los Santos Sonia De Los Santos was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and in 2007 started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award–winning group Dan Zanes & Friends. De los Santos has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin children’s music artists you should know” and her music has been featured on NBC’s Visiones, Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner among others. This season, she gives her first solo performance at the Mondavi Center, uniting people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and of all ages, through music. SUN, MAY

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Forget greeting cards and roses: An outing at the Mondavi Center is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the ones you love.

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An Emerald Isle Christmas The cracking Irish band Danú returns to the Mondavi Center with special guests for An Emerald Isle Christmas, celebrating the holiday, as well as Danú’s 25th anniversary, in time-honored Irish fashion. Music, song and dance are a vital part of joyous community celebrations across Ireland during the holiday season. An Emerald Isle Christmas offers a taste of these extraordinary and centuries-old events. Based in County Waterford, Danú boasts a traditional but modern sound with virtuoso players on the uilleann pipes, accordion and fiddle, and the vocals of Nell Ní Chróinínn, joined on this special occasion by colorful Irish step dancers. SAT, DEC

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“They wrap traditional Irish tunes in modern garments and spice them up with driving grooves.” —Folkworld on Socks in the Frying Pan

The High Kings Socks in the Frying Pan

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Those who attend our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will consider themselves lucky indeed! A complimentary beer tasting featuring a selection of local breweries precedes a double-bill of The High Kings, a multi-platinum Irish folk group of four vocalists/ instrumentalists formed in Dublin; and Socks in the Frying Pan, a young traditional trio from Country Clare that blends classic Irish melodies with innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. TUE, MAR

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Alexander String Quartet The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, but is equally beloved in its second home: the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The group returns for its 17th consecutive year on the Mondavi Center season.

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(2PM VST performances only) Robert Greenberg is music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances. A graduate of Princeton University, Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California, Berkeley, and has seen his compositions—which include more than 45 works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles— performed all over the world.


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The Complete Shostakovich String Quartets Year Two Join the Alexander String Quartet for the second year of its exploration of Shostakovich’s groundbreaking string quartets.

ASQ Series 1 Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the concert.

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Dmitri Shostakovich The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.

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Engagement and Education Great performance is often just the beginning of a connection with the creative souls that cross our stage. At the Mondavi Center, we seek out opportunities for our audiences and the community to deepen their connections to the arts. At the Mondavi Center

On Campus

CORIN COURTYARD CONCERTS Free concerts for all, featuring local musicians. Held outdoors prior to select ticketed events.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS UC Davis students have access to $5 tickets when their professor assigns a Mondavi Center event.

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS (PPT) Context and conversation from UC Davis faculty, guest artists and local experts. These popular halfhour talks are free to all ticket holders.

FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS UC Davis faculty members are invited to design seminars focusing on artists performing at the Mondavi Center. Students attend as many as five performances and take a backstage tour.

QUESTION & ANSWER SESSIONS (Q&A) A unique opportunity to share reactions and insights following select performances, Q&A sessions feature artists on stage taking questions from the audience. SCHOOL MATINEES These hour-long performances serve as an introduction to the variety of art forms presented at the Mondavi Center. Curriculum based, the School Matinees support K–12 California Common Core State Standards. WORKSHOPS Our technical workshops allow students the chance to see some of the best lighting, sound and stage technicians at work.

Go to mondaviarts.org for enhancement details. 1: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK with dancer Lil Buck, choreography assistant Claudia Schreier and Bernard Brown, Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre & Dance, Sacramento State; 2: Peng & Blair OPEN MIC NIGHT AT MC; 3: SCHOOL MATINEE; 4: Marquis Hill RESIDENCY at Rio Americano High School; 5: MEET & GREET with Wynton Marsalis, MC member Camille Chan and Doug Lee.

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FIRST-YEAR AGGIE CONNECTIONS Staff and faculty leading first-year “Connections” engage students in discussions surrounding crucial topics related to transitioning to life at UC Davis. They are invited to include Mondavi Center performances in their sessions. CLASSROOM VISITS AND WORKSHOPS UC Davis students learn from our visiting artists in classroom discussions, workshops, postperformance discussions and rehearsals. OPEN MIC NIGHT @ MC A free quarterly opportunity for UC Davis students and community members to showcase their talents in the intimate Vanderhoef Studio Theatre cabaret setting.

In the Community RESIDENCIES Many artists appearing at the Mondavi Center offer advanced classroom opportunities for aspiring artists at UC Davis and other schools throughout the region. Photos courtesy of Jim Coulter and Ruth Rosenberg.

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Giving

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Thank you to our 2019–20 sponsors

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.

Mondavi Center Series Sponsors

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.

We can’t possibly name all of the benefits for your support here, but the following are some you can consider:

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Opportunity to buy single tickets before the general public ($125+) Invitation to an open rehearsal ($350+) Invitations to “Uncorked” events, special wine experiences throughout the season ($1,750+) Licensed seats ($3,750+) Invitation to an artistic event in a private home ($7,500 +) Recognition as the individual sponsor of a Mondavi Center performance ($11,000+)

Mondavi Center Grantors and Arts Education Sponsors

For a complete list of giving levels and donor benefits, visit mondaviarts.org/give.

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Seating Jackson Hall Orchestra Seating

UPPER TIER

Standard Seating

Concert Seating

Speakers Seating

ORCHESTRA TERRACE

ORCHESTRA TERRACE

ORCHESTRA TERRACE

MAIN AISLE

MAIN AISLE

MAIN AISLE

ORCHESTRA

ORCHESTRA

ORCHESTRA

STAGE

STAGE

STAGE

GRAND TIER ORCHESTRA TERRACE

MAIN AISLE

ORCHESTRA

STAGE

On-Stage Cabaret Seating (JH CAB) STAGE

CIRCA On Stage Seating

STAGE

Cabaret Seating features four seats per table

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Cabaret Seating (VST CAB)

5 Soldiers Seating Standard Seating

STAGE

Alexander String Quartet Seating

STAGE

STAGE

STAGE

PRICE LEVELS

P1 P2 P3 P4 L

Licensed Seats

Please note that price levels are generalized because prices change throughout the season according to demand. Series subscription and Add-On prices are guaranteed through July 14.

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Mondavi Center Ticket Office MAILING ADDRESS: Mondavi Center Ticket Office University of California, Davis One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616 HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday–Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays) Toll-free: 866.754.2787


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Ready to Subscribe? • • • • • •

Online Log in to (or create) your Mondavi Center account at mondaviarts.org Select your Series or build your CYO subscription Select any Add-On events Best available seats will be chosen for you

By Phone* Call our toll-free number to speak to a ticket agent: 866.754.2787.

In Person* Visit the Mondavi Center Ticket Office and work directly with a ticket agent on your request.

*Ticket Office Hours: MON–SAT, noon to 6 p.m.

Subscribe Today and get:

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The lowest-priced tickets of the season Discounts on additional events Early access to Just Added events Free ticket exchanges

Savings At-A-Glance

Deferred Payment With our deferred payment option, you can pay half now and the rest on July 15!

Important Dates

Package Add-On Exchange JULY 14 Discount Discount Fee Last day to subscribe with guaranteed

UC Davis Faculty/Staff

25%

25%

$0

Series Subscriber

20%

15%

$0

Choose-Your-Own 5

15%

10%

$0

Choose-Your-Own 3 Select 3 or 4 events

10%

5%

$0

Single Ticket

0%

0%

$5

Select 5 or more events

Additional Discounts are available for youth, UC Davis students and non-UC Davis students. Go to: mondaviarts.org/events/tickets/discounts

pricing as listed in this brochure. JULY 15 Single tickets on sale. Prices subject to change. JULY 15 Final installment of deferred payment due.

Visit us online for more info: mondaviarts.org

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Mondavi Center 2019-20 Season Subscription Brochure  

The 2019-20 season at The Mondavi Center at UC Davis is packed with Musicians, Dancers, Speakers, and Films from around the world! We invite...

Mondavi Center 2019-20 Season Subscription Brochure  

The 2019-20 season at The Mondavi Center at UC Davis is packed with Musicians, Dancers, Speakers, and Films from around the world! We invite...