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Director’s Choice “As you explore the 19–20 season, I encourage you to take a chance on something new. These are the discoveries that surprise, enrich, delight and create unforgettable memories.” —Don Roth

Executive Director Don Roth’s Picks Lila Downs p. 6 Merce Cunningham Centennial CNDC d’Angers/Robert Swinston p. 11 Zurich Chamber Orchestra p. 11 Circa: Humans p. 17 Rosie Kay Dance Company: 5 Soldiers p. 18 Melissa Aldana Quartet p. 19 Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse p. 21 Bokanté p. 25 Yumi Kurosawa, koto, with special guest Anubrata Chatterjee, tabla p. 26 Malpaso Dance Company p. 27 Cho-Liang Lin, violin Jon Kimura Parker, piano p. 28 Cover photo of Joey Alexander by Jimmy Katz

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 months ago, that the iconic singer-songwriter 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. Whether your tastes run to one genre, or you are an omnivorous arts consumer, we offer a range of options 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, and listed at left. 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.

DON ROTH, PH.D. Executive Director

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


Intriguing shows recommended by Mondavi Center Executive Director Don Roth.

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Discover Your Season Musica Nuda (p. 11)

There are many ways to enjoy our exciting new season! Whether you attend one of our many free events (such as a Focus on Film screening or an outdoor Corin Courtyard Concert) or opt to become a subscriber (see pg. 33 for subscription options and benefits), we are thrilled to share these incredible performances with you, and honored to have you as part of the Mondavi Center family.

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New shows just announced for the 19–20 season Experience Hendrix p. 5 MON, OCT 7

Andrew Bird p. 8 with special guest Meshell Ndegeocello MON, OCT 21

Napoleon Dynamite Live! p. 10 A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Griese SUN, NOV 10

Sérgio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto p. 10 The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova WED, NOV 13

Arlo Guthrie p. 25 “Alice’s Restaurant” Tour with Sarah Lee Guthrie SUN, APR 26

An Evening with David Sedaris p. 29 WED, MAY 13

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Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar takes its audiences “to church” with soulstirring 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, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 2PM • JH

John Prine with special guest Kelsey Waldon 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, OCTOBER 4, 2019 8PM • JH Sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn, Davis Downtown


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October Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Mark Morash, conductor Since its inception in 2010, Rising Stars of Opera has featured vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow. Several singers from the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows 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.

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

SAT, OCTOBER 5, 2019 8PM • JH

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(from Jimi Hendrix Experience / Band Of Gypsys)


(from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)


CELEBRATE THE MUSIC & LEGACY OF JIMI HENDRIX Experience Hendrix Hailed by critics and fans alike as the ‘Guitar Event Of The Year,’ the multi-artist celebration known as the Experience Hendrix Tour is set to hit the Mondavi Center stage on October 7. Hear timeless Jimi Hendrix classics such as “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” “Voodoo Child” and “Little Wing.” This special concert features performances by legendary artists who join together to pay homage to the one and only Jimi Hendrix.

MON, OCTOBER 7, 2019 7PM • JH

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Lila Downs

Día de los Muertos: Al Chile

With appearances by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas Singer Lila Downs shares Día de los Muertos: Al Chile, a 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, OCTOBER 10, 2019 8PM • JH

MOMIX Viva MOMIX Explore wonder through a lens that only MOMIX can provide. This season, MOMIX brings Viva MOMIX to the Mondavi Center stage. Viva MOMIX 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, OCTOBER 13, 2019 2PM • JH

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October Alexander String Quartet

Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the 2PM concert. Shostakovich String Quartet No. 7 String Quartet No. 8

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Terry Virts NASA Astronaut View From Above 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.

WED, OCTOBER 16, 2019 7PM • JH Sponsored by Downey Brand

“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, OCTOBER 17, 2019 8PM • JH

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October 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, OCTOBER 18, 2019 8PM • JH

Andrew Bird with special guest Meshell Ndegeocello Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multiinstrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter. Bird has recorded and toured extensively worldwide. He has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as “Dr. Stringz” on Jack’s Big Music Show, and headlined concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall and festivals worldwide. More recently, Bird has released a series of site-specific improvisational short films and recordings called Echolocations, recorded in remote and acoustically interesting spaces: a Utah canyon, an abandoned seaside bunker, the middle of the Los Angeles River, and a reverberant stone-covered aqueduct in Lisbon. Bird’s latest album, My Finest Work Yet, was released in March on Loma Vista Recordings.

MON, OCTOBER 21, 2019 7PM • JH

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October–November 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.

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

WED, OCTOBER 23, 2019 7PM THU–SAT, OCTOBER 24–26, 2019 8PM VST Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

Joshua Bell, violin Alessio Bax, piano 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. 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. Alessio Bax is known for combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique. Gramophone raves that Bax is “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.”

SAT, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 8PM • JH Sponsored by UC Davis Health

Focus on Film

Bonnie and Clyde Directed by Arthur Penn 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, NOVEMBER 3, 2019 2PM • JH This event does not count toward a CYO subscription.



November Napoleon Dynamite Live! Film Screening followed by a conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries The beloved indie classic Napoleon Dynamite is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Since then much has changed, but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Appealing to the innerteenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly the dialogue, makes Napoleon Dynamite one of the most quoted movies of our time, making us laugh—and laugh hard—over and over again. This unique evening includes a full screening of the film followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

SUN, NOVEMBER 10, 2019 2PM • JH

Sérgio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova From “Chega de Saudade” to “The Girl from Ipanema,” the Brazilian bossa nova has defined cosmopolitan cool from the late-1950s to today. The artform created by Tom Jobim and João Gilberto has been explored by musicians Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra and the SFJAZZ Collective, and inspired the next wave of Brazilian Tropicalismo artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. This celebration pairs producer, composer, keyboardist, vocalist and Brasil 66 founder Sérgio Mendes and singer Bebel Gilberto, daughter of João, whose 2000 album Tanto Tempo redefined samba and bossa nova for a new generation.

WED, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 7PM • JH


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November 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, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 7PM THU–SAT, NOVEMBER 14–16, 2019 8PM VST


Merce Cunningham Centennial 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, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 8PM • JH





Zurich Chamber Orchestra Daniel Hope, music director and 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. Vivaldi Four Seasons Max Richter Vivaldi Recomposed

TUE, NOVEMBER 19, 2019 7PM • JH Sponsored by UC Davis Health and UC Davis Global Affairs

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 ninepiece 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, NOVEMBER 22, 2019 8PM • JH Sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn, Davis Downtown


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December Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together On Stage 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, DECEMBER 8, 2019 7PM • JH Sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn, Davis Downtown

Alexander String Quartet

Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the 2PM concert. Shostakovich String Quartet No. 9 String Quartet No. 10

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Danú 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, DECEMBER 14, 2019 8PM • JH

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December–January Pink Martini 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, DECEMBER 17, 2019 7PM • JH Sponsored by Hyatt Place, UC Davis and Comstock’s Magazine

Alexander String Quartet

Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the 2PM concert. Shostakovich String Quartet No. 11 String Quartet No. 12

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

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman Stories of his life and career Itzhak Perlman visits the Mondavi Center with his friend, pianist Rohan De Silva, for an evening of stories and music. While Perlman’s sold-out recitals have been delighting local audiences for more than a decade, this evening will be different —an opportunity to get to know the man behind the music as he speaks from the stage, illustrating his stories with music and multimedia. 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, JANUARY 11, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Capital Public Radio


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January Focus on Film


Directed by Terrence Malick 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, JANUARY 12, 2020 2PM • JH This event does not count toward a CYO subscription.

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, JANUARY 22, 2020 7PM THU–SAT, JANUARY 23–25, 2020 8PM VST

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

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin 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

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

SAT, JANUARY 25, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Western Health Advantage



January Samin Nosrat Cookbook Author & Host of Netflix Series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat 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.

WED, JANUARY 29, 2020 7PM • JH Sponsored by Downey Brand

“One of the jazz world’s youngest prodigies.” —The Wall Street Journal

Joey Alexander Trio Joey Alexander’s first appearance at the Mondavi Center introduced local audiences to an artist wise beyond his years, yet still fully enmeshed in the wonder of creative discovery. Born in 2003 in Bali, Alexander moved to New York City in 2014, where he has experienced one of the most ascendant careers ever seen in jazz. Jason Olaine, a Grammywinning producer who serves as director of programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has produced all four of Alexander’s albums, says he continues to be impressed by the pianist’s fantastic gift. “Joey is such a huge talent coming out of a young player, however he wants to create and have fun by playing. It’s not about the accolades or the applause.”

FRI, JANUARY 31, 2020 8PM • JH

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January–February 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 Grammy-nominated collaboration with Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy la Tradición.




“Cutting-edge circus artistry.” —The Dance Journal

Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa brings its newest concept, Humans, to the Jackson Hall stage. With a specially designed and highly intimate seating arrangement, 10 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+.


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, FEBRUARY 15, 2020 2PM • JH Sponsored by Sactown Magazine and UC Davis Global Affairs

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“Urgent, compelling and timely.” —San Francisco Examiner


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 award-winning, 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, FEBRUARY 26, 2020 7PM • VST THU–FRI, FEBRUARY 27–28, 2020 8PM • VST Seating for this show is general admission.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, music director and violin 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. Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6 Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

SAT, FEBRUARY 29, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Western Health Advantage and Capital Public Radio


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March Gary Younge Campus Community Book Project: Another Day in the Death of America 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, MARCH 2, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Downey Brand and UC Davis Office of Campus and Community Relations


Melissa Aldana Quartet Representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz” (The Washington Post), Chileanborn 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, MARCH 4, 2020 7PM THU–SAT, MARCH 5–7, 2020 8PM VST Sponsored by Capital Public Radio

Illustration by Cécile McLorin Salvant




“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

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, MARCH 7, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Western Health Advantage

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-in-residence 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, MARCH 8, 2020 2PM • JH This event does not count toward a CYO subscription.


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Cécile McLorin Salvant Ogresse Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse is an original song cycle on which she collaborated 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, MARCH 9, 2020 7PM • JH

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

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 Bergère, this company of professional male dancers have deservedly enjoyed both popular and critical success around the world.

FRI, MARCH 13, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Hyatt Place, UC Davis and Park Winters

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.




The High Kings & Socks in the Frying Pan 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, MARCH 17, 2020 7PM • JH

Mnozil Brass 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, MARCH 20, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Hyatt Place, UC Davis

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, MARCH 21, 2020 8PM • JH


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April 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, APRIL 3, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by UC Davis Health

Yamato Jhonetsu

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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 “shinon”—a shared heartbeat. Their family-friendly performance is sure to ignite “jhonetsu”—passion—within you!

SUN, APRIL 5, 2020 2PM • JH

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April Maggie Haberman New York Times White House Correspondent 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.

WED, APRIL 15, 2020 7PM • JH Sponsored by Downey Brand and Sactown Magazine

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, APRIL 17, 2020 8PM SUN, APRIL 19, 2020 2PM VST

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, APRIL 25, 2020 8PM • JH


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Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant” Tour with Sarah Lee Guthrie Arlo Guthrie is known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor and activist. Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist, Woody Guthrie. The “Alice’s Restaurant” and “Massachusetts” songwriter has become an iconic figure in folk music, television, film and humanitarian issues with a distinguished and varied career spanning more than 50 years. He returns to the Mondavi Center stage for a powerful night of music and storytelling, joined by his youngest daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, a talented singer-songwriter in her own right.

SUN, APRIL 26, 2020 7PM • JH



Bokanté 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 1, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by UC Davis Global Affairs




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, 2020 8PM VST

Focus on Film

Hell or High Water Directed by David Mackenzie 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 3, 2020 2PM • JH This event does not count toward a CYO subscription.


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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 6, 2020 7PM • JH

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 Artists Competition.

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

THU, MAY 7, 2020 8PM • JH 19–20 MONDAVI CENTER




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.

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

FRI, MAY 8, 2020 8PM • VST Sponsored by Seasons Kitchen and Bar

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 9, 2020 8PM • JH Sponsored by Capital Public Radio


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Photo by Jenny Lewis

An Evening with David Sedaris With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso was nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category. “Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful … He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s ... well, nice.” —Bill Richardson, Toronto Globe and Mail

WED, MAY 13, 2020 7PM • JH

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 31, 2019 2PM • JH

Alexander String Quartet

Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the 2PM concert. Shostakovich String Quartet No. 13 String Quartet No. 14

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UC Davis Department of Music

The music department at UC Davis presents more than 120 concerts annually that reflect a diverse array of compositional and musical styles. The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (Christian Baldini, music director and conductor), Choruses (Caleb Lewis, director) and Concert Band (Pete Nowlen, director) all call Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center their home and present regular concerts there. These events do not count toward a CYO subscription.

BARBARA K. JACKSON RISING STARS OF OPERA with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows: Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano | Christopher Colmenero and Christopher Oglesby, tenors Mark Morash, guest conductor Selections from Bizet’s Carmen, and more. SAT, OCT 5, 2019 • 8PM Free, but tickets required. Limit 4 per household.

UC DAVIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Dialogues and Poetry Strauss: Don Juan Lutosławski: Chain II with Maximilian Haft, violin Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 with Leyla Kabuli SAT, NOV 23, 2019 • 7PM




UC Davis Department of Music UNIVERSITY CHORUS & CHAMBER SINGERS FRI, DEC 6, 2019 • 7PM

UC DAVIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Korean Virtuosity, Immortal Dances Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Jean Ahn: The Woven Silk for Haegeum and Orchestra with Soo Yeon Lyuh Christian Baldini: New Work for Haegeum and Orchestra with Soo Yeon Lyuh Ravel: La Valse SAT, FEB 1, 2020 • 7PM

UC DAVIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND UNIVERSITY CHORUS Celebrating Beethoven Laurie San Martin: New Work Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 with Andrei Baumann Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85 with the University Chorus and Kyle Stegall, tenor FRI, MAR 6, 2020 • 7PM


UC DAVIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Spirits and Dances Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 María Granillo: Danzas de los espíritus animales with Mercedes Gómez Benet —a world premiere harp concerto Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major SAT, MAY 2, 2020 • 7PM

UC DAVIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Boundless Humor and Vitality Juan Diego Díaz: Se Fué Mendoza for String Orchestra, Oboe, and Clarinet Winner of the UCDSO Concerto Competition Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 SAT, MAY 30, 2020 • 7PM



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2019-20 Mondavi Center Season of Performing Arts | UC Davis  

From preeminent orchestras, renown speakers and celebrated classical legends to the finest performers in jazz, world music and modern dance....

2019-20 Mondavi Center Season of Performing Arts | UC Davis  

From preeminent orchestras, renown speakers and celebrated classical legends to the finest performers in jazz, world music and modern dance....

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