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Series Listings 4 Orchestra 6 Concert 14 Jackson Hall Jazz 16 Studio Jazz 18 With A Twist 22 Dance 28 American Heritage 30 World Stage 32 Speakers 34 Alexander String Quartet

Events by Add-On Categories 8 Visions 10 Celebrate Beethoven 20 VST Cabaret 26 Family 27 Holidays

Information 36 Engagement and Education 37 Giving 38 Subscribing 40 Seating

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Illuminate. Educate. Connect. These three simple words form the Mondavi Center mission statement, representing our aspirations for how we impact audiences and community members. These have been our watchwords as we have navigated the current moment, looking for the ways in which we could continue to enrich your lives. As always, we believe live performances offer a richness that no virtual experience can. While we won’t gather in the Mondavi Center until next January, our new season is extremely rich. We’ll come together to celebrate great classical composers like Beethoven and Mozart, alongside heroes of our own time like Joni Mitchell. Artistic friends like the Alvin Ailey dance company and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will once again be in the house. And we will introduce you to newcomers like the exciting singer Nella, who won last year’s Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. Be assured we don’t want to wait until January to connect you, our wonderful audience, with some of our favorite artists. Staying part of your lives and bringing you wonderful art is deeply important to us. We plan to spend the summer putting together some unique Mondavi Center events for the fall months to inspire you before we are back inside the venue. Look for an announcement in early fall. In the meantime, please follow us online as we share the work that inspires us, day after day. And know we are doing everything we can to return, safely, with you to the Mondavi Center. And as always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments.

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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.

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Mozart Orchestra of New York Gerard Schwarz, music director For more than 60 years, the Mozart Orchestra of New York have been known for impeccable musicianship and innovative, thoughtful programs. Under the leadership of Gerard Schwarz, the group brings Mozart’s final three symphonies to life all in one evening. In Mozart’s time, chamber orchestras were the norm, so this is an opportunity to hear the music as Mozart would have, albeit on modern instruments. All written in 1788, the final three symphonies display an almost impossible variety, from the humor and elegance of 39, the melancholy of 40 and the growing spirituality of number 41. Mozart Symphony No 39 in E Flat Major, KV 543 Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, KV 550 Symphony No. 41 in C Major (Jupiter), KV 551

SAT, APR 3 7:30 PM Regular: $150 $110 $75 $55

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Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Pavel Kogan, music director and chief conductor Vadym Kholodenko, piano For more than 30 years, music director Pavel Kogan has developed the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra into an orchestra with power, personality and presence. All that will be on display in the two featured pieces, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, the “Pathetique” symphony, premiered just a week before the composer’s death; and Grieg’s only completed piano concerto, performed by Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Prokofiev Greig Tchaikovsky

Overture on Hebrew Themes Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 Symphony No. 6 in B Minor (Pathetique), Op. 74

SAT, JAN 30 7:30 PM Regular: $150 $110 $75 $55

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“Tchaikovsky’s music is always an emotional

roller coaster ride, and the orchestra, under its longtime conductor, Pavel Kogan was up to every nuance from the almost imperceptible quiet passages to the fullest, overwhelming climax.” —The Daily News on Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

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Concert The finest and most celebrated classical artists working today.

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Beatrice Rana, piano Italian pianist Beatrice Rana first attracted international attention for her win at the Montréal International Competition in 2011. In the decade since, Rana has built an enviable list of credits including Carnegie Hall recitals and as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw, Philadelphia and the London Philharmonic Orchestras. Her debut recital at the Mondavi Center features work that will display her technical and expressive range: Scriabin’s final sonata, a buzzing, trilling piece he referred to as “a sonata of insects,” Ravel’s extremely difficult piano transcription of La Valse, and the emotionally dynamic four Chopin Scherzos. Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 Valse (Op. 38) Ravel La Valse Chopin Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20 Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39 Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54

SAT, APR 10 7:30 PM Regular: $75 $55 $35

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“A sound painter who created a magic of color and sound and put everything at the service of beauty and delicacy.” —Bachtrack on Beatrice Rana

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Branford Marsalis, saxophone In 1972, a group of young artists made history by creating an orchestra without a conductor in which musicians led themselves democratically. Since then, the Grammy award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, toured to 46 countries across four continents, and collaborated with hundreds of world-class soloists. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, equally renowned for his jazz and classical playing, joins Orpheus for this eclectic program of works written for chamber orchestra and saxophone, including pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Satie and a commissioned Jazz Suite on the themes of Carmen. Rossini Overture of The Barber of Seville Rodrigo Suite from Soleriana Debussy Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra Satie Gymnopédie No. 1 for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra Ravel Piéce en Forme de Habanera for Saxophone & Orchestra Turina La oración de torero, Op. 34 Bryan Carmen, Jazz suite on themes by Bizet

THU, JAN 14 7:30 PM Regular: $85 $65 $45

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Visions

Add-On / CYO Events

These events are not part of a series, but may be added on to your Series Subscription at a discount or included in your custom Choose-Your-Own Subscription.

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Dahlak Brathwaite Spritrials

“His presence is

breathtaking, and chilling ... ripping

through your mind with just a microphone.” —Sacramento News & Review on Dahlak Braithwaite

In Spiritrials, addiction, religion and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance. Dahlak Brathwaite (writer/performer) weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage as a young Black male. A UC Davis graduate and Sacramento native, Brathwaite launched into the national spoken word scene by winning the Brave New Voices international poetry slam. He has been featured on media outlets such as Upworthy, 2DopeBoyz, and Pitchfork. He has appeared on the Tavis Smiley Radio show, various NPR member stations, and the last two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam. Spiritrials contains strong language and mature content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

THU–SAT, JAN 21–23

7:30 PM VST

Regular: $35

Fry Street Quartet Rising Tide An evocative performance that combines music, information, and imagery, merging the intellectual with the visceral to take audiences from understanding to action. Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes exploring the natural world from which we have emerged—and the human world that has emerged from us. With an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky and narration by physicist Rob Davies. Presented in conjunction with the SHAPE course Envisioning Climate Futures. SHAPE.UCDAVIS.EDU

WED–THU, APR 14–15 Regular: $35

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Curtis on Tour Curtis on Tour: Cello Quintets Ida Kafavian, violin Peter Wiley, cello Each year, Curtis on Tour shines a light on the talented students, faculty and alumni of the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. This year’s tour features Schubert’s masterful quintet for two violins, viola and two cellos paired with a quintet by Curtis composition faculty member Richard Danielpour. The ensemble will be led by Curtis faculty members, alongside Ida Kafavian and Peter Wiley, both former members of the acclaimed Beaux Arts Trio. Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Richard Danielpour Schubert

SUN, MAR 14

New work for String Quintet String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

2:00 PM JH

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Celebrate Beethoven DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Christopher Taylor, piano Liszt Transcriptions of the Nine Beethoven Symphonies Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz called the Liszt Transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies “the greatest works for the piano.” Who better than pianist Christopher Taylor, an innovative musician acclaimed as “seemingly possessed of superhuman powers” (Los Angeles Times), to mark the composer’s 250th year by tackling these demanding, illuminating works over four nights. In Taylor’s last Mondavi Center appearance, he performed J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations in their entirety on a rare dual-manual Steinway piano. Symphony No. 1 Symphony No. 2 Symphony No. 5

—The New York Times on Christopher Taylor

SUN, APR 25 2:00 PM JH Regular: $65 Symphony No. 3 Symphony No. 4

THU, APR 29 7:30 PM JH Regular: $65 Symphony No. 6 Symphony No. 7

SAT, MAY 1 7:30 PM JH Regular: $65 Symphony No. 8 Symphony No. 9

SUN, MAY 2

2:00 PM JH

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“Cerebral interpretations tempered by an aching tenderness.”

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Celebrate Beethoven

“Urgent, powerful and poignant.” —The New York Times on Heartbeat Opera's Fidelio

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DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Heartbeat Opera Fidelio Opera is an artistic medium that articulates and confronts human passions with powerful immediacy. This conviction is what drives Heartbeat Opera’s desire to rejuvenate opera and to transform its recognized masterpieces from venerated relics into freshly challenging encounters. In this stunning adaptation of Beethoven’s Fidelio, a black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman’s grit may not be enough to save her love. Fidelio’s live cast of five singers and seven musicians are joined by a prerecorded virtual chorus of more than 100 incarcerated singers from six prison choirs in the United States. The result is “Imaginative, vital and heartbreaking” (The New Yorker). This daring work pits corruption against courage, hate against hope.

SAT, FEB 20

7:30 PM JH

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Jackson Hall Jazz DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Led by consummate trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been hailed as “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune. Over his many cherished appearances at the Mondavi Center, Marsalis has compelled and charmed audiences while presenting the full vigor and vision of America’s music, as interpreted by some of our finest living musicians. The Orchestra will draw from a repertoire that includes classic Blue Note Records selections and tunes made famous by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis and more.

MON, JAN 25

7:30 PM

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Unparalleled genius and astounding virtuosity presented on our grandest stage.

“A superbrain for what

serious jazz

sounds like now.” —The New York Times on SFJAZZ Collective l to r: Etienne Charles, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, Kendrick Scott, Edward Simon, Aneesa Strings, Warren Wolfe, Lizz Wright

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

SFJAZZ Collective Music of Joni Mitchell For this highly anticipated Mondavi Center return, the SFJAZZ Collective’s focus will be on the iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, whose albums from the mid-1970s famously featured jazz artists like Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock and a collaboration with Charles Mingus. Founded by SFJAZZ in 2004, the Collective is a leaderless group and a democratic composer’s workshop that represents what’s happening now in jazz. The Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member.

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WED, APR 21

7:30 PM

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

Studio Jazz Connie Han Trio

“Han's star shines bright with potential.”

Weaving in and out of the jazz piano tradition, Connie Han pays tribute to legends like McCoy Tyner, Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Kirkland with her own unique edge at the piano. The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical knowledge and enough originality to write tunes that absorb your ear easily.” Her debut, Crime Zone, sounds nothing like a first album, and her follow up, Iron Starlet, proves her staying power. This is an artist who has absorbed the work of her heroes, and emerged with a powerful voice of her own.

—NPR on Connie Han

WED–SAT, FEB 24–27 7:30 PM WED & THU Regular $47 FRI & SAT Regular $59

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Studio Jazz Series

“Roots-driven

Sammy Miller and the Congregation Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people. A native of Los Angeles, Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that feels good. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they share the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, and Queen Latifah at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world.

WED–SAT, JAN 27–30 7:30 PM

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was always intended ... jovially swinging, energetically stomping, richly complex and with just the right interjections of free-wheeling instrumental freakouts.”

—The Sacramento Bee on Sammy Miller and the Congregation

WED & THU Regular $47 FRI & SAT Regular $59

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With A Twist The Queen’s Cartoonists

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Behind The Queen’s Cartoons is a single question: is it possible to create jazz and classical music in the 21st century that appeals to everyone? The Queen’s Cartoonists answer the question with a concert for everybody regardless of age, gender, or familiarity with the concert hall. The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation synchronized to video projections of the original films, leading the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem and comedy. Tying this diverse concert together are comedic anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. Expect the unexpected from repertoire that includes the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern animation and elements of a musical circus.

WED, FEB 3

7:30 PM

Regular: $45 $35 $25

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All is not what it seems in this quirky series where you can expect the unexpected!

“A musicologist’s nightmare.” —Music Week on the Ukes

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain When the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain began in 1985, the public opinion was that an orchestra consisting entirely of ukuleles in different sizes was a strange concept. This was something that attracted the founders. The idea was to make something fresh and entertaining, both modern and old-fashioned, in a different style which deviated from the current performance fashion. And how they have succeeded: a concert by “the Ukes” is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping party of rock ’n’ roll and melodious entertainment, featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices. For those that believe that every genre of music is up for reinterpretation, so long as it’s played on the ukulele, this is the show for you!

FRI, APR 16

7:30 PM

Regular: $85 $65 $45

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VST Cabaret “I have been lucky to collaborate with her and deeply respect her

distinctive and soulful artistry.” —Gustavo Dudamel on Nella

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Nella Nella’s music is a meeting place for her country’s folklore roots, the influence of her contemporaries and the music of the Andalusian region. Born in Isla Margarita, an island off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela, Nella has performed with artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez, Susana Baca, Carlos Vives and many more. Her debut album, Voy, produced by Javier Limón, earned her a Best New Artist Latin Grammy and praise from The New York Times as a singer “who can convey flamenco tension even in a near whisper.” This is a rare chance to see an emerging superstar in the intimate confines of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.

WED–FRI, MAR 10–12

7:30 PM VST

Regular $49

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Meow Meow It might not be too much to say that a Meow Meow cabaret performance is a life-changing event. Named one of the “Top Performers of the Year” by The New Yorker, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called a “diva of the highest order” (New York Post), but one whose insecurities are always simmering just below the surface. Careening from French chanson to Radiohead, with brilliant dashes of Brecht and Weill in between, she’s a remarkable singer and physical comedian who hypnotizes, inspires and terrorizes audiences with ease. Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, an evening with Meow Meow will have you holding on to your seats (as she might try to take them from you) and grabbing for handkerchiefs.

WED–SAT, APR 21–24 7:30 PM VST Regular $65

“There are not many women who can stun an audience into pindrop silence with an

exquisitely delivered torch song one moment and rock the rafters with laughter the next.”

—The Evening Standard (UK) on Meow Meow

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

Dance

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DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a nowfabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—and has reached millions more online and through television broadcasts. This long-awaited return to the Mondavi Center of an iconic American company will feature two performances, each featuring Ailey’s landmark work Revelations.

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“Powerful, hypnotizing, flawless .” —The Dance Current on Red Sky Performance

Red Sky Performance Trace Red Sky Performance is a Canada-based company of contemporary Indigenous performance led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water). Red Sky’s evening-length work Trace (2019) brings us into the cosmic realm. Inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories, Trace offers a glimpse into our origins and our future; how we are traceable to the very beginnings of the universe, and how our ancestral origins stretch from the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside us in the ‘here and now’ on earth.

TUE, APR 13

7:30 PM

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“An unforced tour de force.” —The New York Times on Delfos Danza Contemporanea

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Delfos Danza Contemporanea Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan Based in Mazatlán, Delfos Danza Contemporanea is one of Mexico’s premier and most prolific contemporary dance theater companies. Featuring remarkable video projections, surreal costumes and an eclectic soundtrack of works by Mario Lavista, Schumann, Bach, Vivaldi and Meredith Monk, the acclaimed full-length work, Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan (“When the Disguises Are Hung Up”) examines our shifting identities. Exploring the masks we wear to survive, to love and to endure, Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan reminds us, just as Shakespeare does, that in the end, the truth will out.

SAT, MAY 8

7:30 PM

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Family

Make family memories. Sonia De Los Santos and The Okee Dokee Brothers Somos Amigos: Songs on Common Ground Friendship is at the heart of this joyful new collaboration between Mexican songstress, Sonia De Los Santos, and the Americana folk duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers. This bilingual program includes both old and new songs that span the musical traditions of North America and illustrate the collective power of singing together and learning from each other. With an adventurous spirit and a common vision of peace and understanding, Somos Amigos encourages young and old to explore, dance, sing and laugh together, hand-in-hand.

SUN, MAY 23 2:00 PM JH Regular $29

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“These are songs that encourage kids to find happiness with fewer material possessions and embrace adventure even in trying situations.” —Chicago Tribune on The Okee Dokee Brothers * Youth are 17 and under.


Holidays

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CANCELED

Philharmonix

Philharmonix has canceled its 2021 tour.

This unique ensemble brings together three members of the Vienna Philharmonic, two Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists and an improvising and singing violinist for a deliciously heady cocktail of classical, jazz, klezmer, Latin and even pop music. Every Philharmonix concert is a living, grooving, finger-snapping testament to the group’s Golden Rule: Anything goes, as long as it’s fun. This unique ensemble’s sophisticated sense of humor allows them to move seamlessly from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again, taking the audience along for a madcap roller-coaster ride. This Valentine’s Day eve, fall in love with these charming ambassadors of classical music.

SAT, FEB 13

“Unrestrained joy.”

7:30 PM JH

Regular: $49 $37 $25

—Klassikakzente on Philharmonix

Goitse Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with a cracking good time in Jackson Hall. If you find yourself leaning in to the music of Goitse (Go-wit-cha), it is no coincidence. The Irish quintet’s name means “come here” in Gaelic, and their music has a distinctively beckoning quality. A hard-driving rhythm section featuring World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and guitarist Conal O’Kane lay the foundation, while the charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into the songs. Goitse concerts feature a mix of traditional tunes from Ireland and beyond and original compositions make each performance unique.

FRI, FEB 26 7:30 PM JH Regular: $49 $37 $25

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American Heritage

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American Heritage Series

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

“An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th-century American folk music one could possibly have.”

Arlo Guthrie Arlo Guthrie, the eldest son of American singer, writer and philosopher Woody Guthrie, has built an enviable career as a songwriter and counterculture icon. The 1967 release of Alice’s Restaurant and its title song helped define the social consciousness of the baby boomer generation. Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller whose anecdotes and tales make each performance feel like a living-room concert with a legend. That intimacy has inspired a huge, devoted fanbase, one that grows with each concert, and makes each performance feel like a homecoming.

FRI, APR 23

7:30 PM

Regular: $65 $49 $27

—The Independent (London)

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

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández In 2021, Ballet Folklórico de México will return to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad.

FRI, MAR 19 7:30 PM Regular: $65 $45 $25

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World Stage Series

“Creative, Socially Conscious ... perfect.” —NPR on Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras Remixing roots music and telling modern day stories, Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

FRI, APR 2

7:30 PM

Regular: $49 $37 $25

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

Ira Glass Seven Things I've Learned Ira Glass, the beloved host and creator of NPR’s hit weekly radio show This American Life, invites us into his creative process, mixing audio clips, music, and video to tell captivating stories live onstage, and sharing lessons and insights gathered over his career. This American Life is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations, with another 2.5 million downloading each podcast. Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including six Peabody awards. In 1999, the American Journalism Review declared that This American Life was “in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution” and since then, a generation of podcasts and radio shows have sprung up— Radiolab, Invisibilia, StartUp, Reply All, Love + Radio, Heavyweight—building on the style of narrative journalism championed by Glass and his staff.

SAT, FEB 27

7:30 PM

Regular: $65 $50 $35 $20 Sponsored by

Speakers Series $148/$120/$92/$64 3 EVENTS JACKSON HALL Speakers Seating

"A storyteller who filters his interviews and impressions through a distinctive

literary imagination,

an eccentric intelligence, and a sympathetic heart." —The New York Times on Ira Glass

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Speakers Series

Ellen Forney Marbles Campus Community Book Project Ellen Forney is an author, artist, teacher, and mental health coach. Her work includes The New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, and the selection for the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me, the story of her diagnosis and struggle with bipolar disorder. Its companion book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, a handbook for mental health. was featured in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)’s “Best of Graphic Medicine 2018”, and the book’s self-care framework is widely used by therapists and clinicians. Forney has given talks and lectures internationally at universities, conferences, and institutions, including her TED talk, “Finding balance in bipolar,” as keynote speaker at the Comics & Medicine Conference at Johns Hopkins. She was awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Civitella Ranieri, Artist Trust, and the Hedgebrook Foundation. Forney grew up in Philadelphia and lives in Seattle.

MON, MAR 1 7:30 PM Regular $35

Rob Reiner Actor and Filmmaker Rob Reiner has cemented his place in pop culture for his iconic work on film and television. During his prolific career, which spans over five decades, Reiner has written for The Smothers Brothersand All in the Family (also playing the character Michael Stivic), and directed a number of standout features, including Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, This Is Spinal Tap, Misery and the poignant Being Charlie. In his speaking events, Reiner discusses the enduring legacy of his work, from the revived cultural relevance of All in the Family to the perpetual popularity of many of his films.

TUE, APR 6

7:30 PM

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Alexander String Quartet

ASQ Series ASQ 1: $189 / ASQ 2: $156 3 EVENTS VANDERHOEF STUDIO THEATRE Standard Seating

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Alexander String Quartet A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the Alexander String Quartetis equally beloved in its second home, the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. This year the quartet introduces a new member, violist David Samuel, joining cellist Sandy Wilson, and violinists Fred Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo.

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ASQ Series DIRECTOR'S CHOICE

Alexander String Quartet Mozart Quintets The Alexander String Quartet will make Mozart’s music the focus of their concerts in 2021. This is a historic year for the beloved quartet as violist Paul Yarbrough retires and David Samuel joins the group. To celebrate this transition the group will focus on some of Mozart’s most beautiful (and not-so-well-known) music: his viola quintets will provide an opportunity for Yarbrough and Samuel to play together; and the three-event series concludes with one of Mozart’s very last pieces, the Clarinet Quintet.

ASQ Series 1

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

2:00 PM $189

ASQ Series 2 The quartet performs this program without intermission, then remains for a Q&A session with the audience.

7:30 PM $156 Mozart

Viola Quintet in B-flat Major, K. 174 Viola Quintet in C Major, K. 515

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2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Mozart

Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516 Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593

SUN, JAN 17

SUN, MAY 16 Mozart

SUN, JUN 6

2:00 PM & 7:30 PM Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614 Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Regular per event 2:00 PM: $79 7:30 PM: $65

Robert Greenberg (2PM VST performances only) Robert Greenberg has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. He is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994.

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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 its connection to the arts.

At the Mondavi Center PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS (PPT) Context and conversation from UC Davis faculty, guest artists and local experts. These popular half-hour talks are free to all ticket holders. 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 and Visual and Performing Arts State Standards. WORKSHOPS Our technical workshops allow nts the chance to see some of the best lighting, sound and stage technicians at work.

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, post-performance discussions and rehearsals.

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.

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

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1: SCHOOL MATINEE Q&A with Astronaut Terry Virts; 2: Q&A SESSION with Daniel Hope and Don Roth; 3: OPEN MIC NIGHT AT MC with particpant Kayla Wilkerson; 4: CNDC-Angers / Robert Swinston RESIDENCY at Natomas Charter School; 5: MEMBER EVENT with Circa; 6: MEET & GREET with Lila Downs and MC Donors. Photos courtesy of Jim Coulter and Ruth Rosenberg.

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What your donation means. You have heard it before: Ticket sales only cover a portion of the real cost of presenting performances. Your additional support enables us to provide valuable services to the community. There are tax advantages to your gift. This is all true, but it misses a very important point. Donating helps you become more than just an audience member. When you make a gift to the Mondavi Center, you enhance your experience both in and out of the theater. You are suddenly a member of a large and caring family. You meet people. You notice more things and you feel like you belong in a new and wonderful way. You have increased access to artists, events and information. So we encourage you to keep the arts alive by making sure there is a welcoming home and a promising future for the arts and artists. But we also encourage you to donate for yourself. We can’t possibly name all of the benefits for your support here, but the following are some you can consider:

• Opportunity to purchase single tickets before the general public ($60+) • Invitation to a backstage tour ($125+) • Invitation to an open rehearsal ($350+) • Access to “Uncorked” events, special wine experiences ($1,750+) • Licensed seats and dedicated VIP ticket phone line ($3,750+) • Invitation to an artistic event in a private home ($7,500 +) • Recognition as the individual sponsor of a Mondavi

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