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Welcome from the Executive Director Just Added! Events Listed by Date Performance at UC Davis Support Policies


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The tenth season of performances at the Mondavi Center is ripe with new discoveries: the U.S. Premiere of Ballet Preljocaj’s Blanche Neige; themed programs focusing on music, dance and film from India as well as a look at the arts in post-Katrina New Orleans; an influx of Australian cirque talent; and the Mondavi Center debut of the New York Philharmonic. In total, over half of this season’s performers are making their Mondavi Center debuts!

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The show featured on the facing page highlights the excellence that defines our Just Added programming: Chick Corea’s jazz super group Return to Forever IV. Keep an eye on your inboxes, as we will be announcing more Just Added shows as the 11-12 season progresses. If you are buying your tickets online, I hope you enjoy the upgrades to our online system. In addition to selecting your own seat, you will now be able to print your tickets and parking passes at home. I encourage you to explore this brochure and take a chance on something new—I am certain there is an unexpected gem this season that will rekindle your sense of awe at the magic of live performance. Thank you for being a part of the Mondavi Center.

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Return To Forever IV with Zappa Plays Zappa

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Return To Forever IV with Zappa Plays Zappa Almost forty years after Return to Forever—the definitive jazz/ rock fusion group—first appeared on the scene, the much honored ensemble is making one of their storied returns to action. And, in the bold tradition of renewal that the band has established as an essential quality, this latest installment combines elements from the group’s rich history with an exciting vision of the jazz future. Expect to hear this musically dynamic line-up take on rearranged Return to Forever classics, as well as highlights from each member’s discography. Zappa Plays Zappa was founded by Dweezil Zappa to bring the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, to contemporary audiences. These brilliant and innovative players rise to the challenge of bringing the legendary Zappa repertoire alive in concert. WEDNESDAY, September 21, 2011 8PM JH $95

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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Ricky Skaggs’ profound passion for American music has made the 14-time Grammy winner a household name, both for his virtuosity on the mandolin and his championing of new artists on his record label, Skaggs Family Records. Backed by the all-star musicians in Kentucky Thunder, Skaggs continues to celebrate a life filled with music at every show. Friday, September 30, 2011 8PM JH $58

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Wayne Shorter can be counted among a small handful of true living legends. From his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, through Miles Davis’ 60s quintet to co-founding the fusion-era super-group Weather Report, Shorter has been active on the leading edge of jazz for more than 60 years. The saxophonist continues to create powerful music with his decade-strong all-star quartet, featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Saturday, October 1, 2011 8PM JH $58

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String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 34 String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51

The Alexander String Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary with a focus on Czech composer Antonin Dvorák. A fixture in the major music capitals of four continents, the Quartet has secured its place among the world’s premier ensembles. Musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary ld Out throughout the 2 p.m. concert. 2 PM S o

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Jonathan Franzen On Autobiography & Fiction Writing: An Evening with Jonathan Franzen

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Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel The Corrections was an enormous international bestseller and National Book Award winner, with translations in 35 languages, and American hardcover sales of nearly one million copies. His most recent novel, Freedom, was chosen as one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010 and was also a finalist in the fiction category for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award. Saturday, October 8, 2011 8PM JH Q&A Moderated by Eric Rauchway, Professor, Department of History, UC Davis. $49

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Yamato Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble Yamato puts its very souls into Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere. This thrilling, high-energy production is infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life. Thursday, October 6, 2011 8PM JH $49

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 in G Minor, Op. 135 Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition James Conlon, music director of the LA Opera, kicks off the SF Symphony’s Mondavi Center mini-season. Thursday, October 13, 2011 8PM JH

Scottish Ballet Described as “sensuous, strong and alert to every nuance” (Independent on Sunday), Scottish Ballet performs a broad repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. On its first national U.S. tour in 25 years, the 36-dancer touring company will feature Kenneth MacMillan’s classic Song of the Earth (set to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde) and a new piece by Jorma Elo.

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San Francisco Symphony James Conlon, conductor Olga Guryakova, soprano Sergei Leiferkus, baritone

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k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang k.d. lang has displayed her versatility, infectious spirit and rare talent song after beautiful song. Tony Bennett declares what so many fans—including those who witnessed her 2009 sold-out Mondavi Center performance—have come to believe over the last two and a half decades: “She’s the best singer of her generation.”

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Rising Stars of Opera UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and Adler Fellows Eugene Brancoveanu, baritone For the second Rising Stars of Opera concert we welcome a new group of Adler Fellows along with “extravagantly gifted” (San Francisco Chronicle) baritone Eugene Brancoveanu performing in recital and with Christian Baldini and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. This special event is provided free to the community through the generosity of our dear Mondavi Center friend, Barbara K. Jackson. Friday, October 21, 2011 8PM JH Free Individual support provided by Barbara K. Jackson

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould Directed by François Girard (1993), Not Rated, 98 minutes Hailed as “brilliant and transfixing,” by The New York Times, this innovative film offers a multidimensional look at the life of piano prodigy Glenn Gould. A series of 32 vignettes paints a portrait of Gould’s bizarre genius weaving together interviews with those who knew him and a spell-binding performance by Colm Feore. Monday, October 24, 2011 7PM VST PPT $10

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Hilary Hahn, violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001 Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 12 Sonatensatz in C Minor, WoO 2

Celebrated for her searching interpretations, technical brilliance and spellbinding stage presence, Hilary Hahn makes her Mondavi Center debut with a rousing recital program featuring beloved works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. “One of those rare performers who can dazzle you with the warmth of her personality and knock you dead with the dexterity of her technique and the emotional depth of her interpretations.” —Los Angeles Times Sponsored By

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J.S. Bach Beethoven Brahms

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Called an “experimental powerhouse” by the Village Voice and “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard, Brooklyn-based So Percussion applies its playful virtuosity to the compositions of avant-garde polymath John Cage in their Mondavi Center debut. Saturday, October 29, 2011 8PM vst Q&A Sunday, October 30, 2011 2PM vst PPT $37

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Cinematic Titanic is a feature-length movie-riffing show from Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. The show features the original cast that first brought the Peabody Award-winning cult-classic series to life, continuing the tradition of playing on the “unfathomable,” “the horribly great” and the just plain “cheesy” movies from the past. Friday, November 4, 2011 8PM JH $45

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Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano A First Prize winner in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano has appeared as Wellgunde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Metropolitan Opera, Ludmilla in the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School’s joint production of The Bartered Bride. Saturday, November 5, 2011 8PM VST Sunday, November 6, 2011 2PM VST $35

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If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise Free Film Screening Directed by Spike Lee (2010), Not Rated, 240 minutes

If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise continues the story of the rebirth of the Big Easy by documenting the successes and failures in the ongoing efforts to restore housing, healthcare, education, economic growth and law and order to a battered but unbowed community. Because of its length, If God Is Willing ... will be screened in two parts on successive nights.

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PART ONE: Monday, November 7, 2011 7PM VST PART TWO: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7PM VST Q&A Free Following Part Two enjoy a Q&A Session with members of the Hot 8 Brass Band, who are featured in the film.

Hot 8 Brass Band The Hot 8 Brass Band infuses its performances with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world. The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band, all born and raised in New Orleans, began playing together in high school, a connection evident in the sounds they coax from their well-loved horns. Wednesday– Friday, November 9–11, 2011 8PM VST $37

Trey McIntyre Project and Preservation Hall Jazz Band Ma Maison Trey McIntyre’s “fresh and forward-thinking choreography” (Washington Post) and keen ear for music will be on abundant display his company’s Mondavi Center debut. TMP will perform two works drenched in the lore of New Orleans live onstage with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Saturday, November 12, 2011 8PM JH PPT $49

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Lara Downes 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg A new project from Mondavi Center resident artist Lara Downes, 13 Ways is a new set of variations on Bach’s magnificent opening theme of the Goldberg Variations (“Aria”), written by a group of today’s most renowned composers, including 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. Saturday, November 12, 2011 8PM VST Q&A Sunday, November 13, 2011 2PM VST PPT $37

Diverse, plural and multi-layered, India boasts a dizzying variety of economic, social, ethnic and religious groups. In our season-long Focus on India, presented in collaboration with the UC Davis Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, we explore the dazzling culture of this fascinating nation in a film and photo exhibition; through solo Kathak dance; and in the hands of two standout musicians of Indian descent. More information on Focus on India is forthcoming. Visit mondaviarts.org/india for the latest updates.

GROWING UP IN INDIA A Film and Photographic Exhibition Monday–Tuesday, November 14–15, 2011 Growing Up in India focuses on the juxtaposition of the old and new, the urban and the rural, the rich and the poor, and on the child and the adult to be. Nothing highlights the possibilities and conflicts of this wide open future more poignantly than the stories of adolescence. The photographic exhibit curated by Dinesh Khanna, documentaries and movies presented in this two-day festival bring to light India’s next generations and their journey into a new world of rapidly changing outcomes. —Sudipta Sen Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis Growing Up in India Sponsored By

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Growing Up In India Film SEries Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Directed by Mira Nair (1988), Not Rated, 113 minutes. This stark look at the lives of Bombay’s street children earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1989. Monday, November 14, 2011 7PM VST PPT Salaam Bombay!

Directed by Kim Longinotto (2010), Not Rated, 96 minutes. An unflinching and often amusing look at the all-woman vigilante Gulabi Gang in Northern India and their charismatic leader, Sampat Pal, who acts as judge and jury for girls and women who are being abused by outlawed patriarchal traditions and the caste system.

More Focus on India Events: RAcHANA YADAV Spring, 2012 Kathak dancer Rachana Yadav portrays the moods and moments of a typical Indian day in a solo performance commissioned by the Mondavi Center. More details to come!

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Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane (2010), Not Rated, 134 minutes. After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn’t even know existed. Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7PM VST

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Tia Fuller Quartet Tia Fuller has rapidly proven her creative mettle, as a member of the all female band touring with R&B star Beyoncé, as a bandleader in her own right and as an accomplished educator. Fuller’s CD Decisive Steps received the #1 JazzWeek rating for two weeks straight. Wednesday– Saturday December 7–10, 2011 8PM VST $38 Sponsored By

MARIACHI SOL DE MéXICO DE JÓSE HERNàNDEZ Mariachi Christmas

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Truly representative of a treasured Mexican heritage, Jóse Hernàndez and his talented musicians and dancers welcome the holiday season with the traditional posadas and pastorelas of México in this delightful accumulation of joyful music and dance.

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Lara Downes Family Concert Green Eggs and Ham Called “the most popular family music since Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf “ by The Boston Globe, Rob Kapilow’s delightful ensemble piece, performed by Lara Downes and winners of the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition, combines the zany absurdity of Seuss’s text with a sparkling musical score that runs the gamut from swinging jazz to classical lyricism, from pop silliness to spiky modernism.

The Blind Boys of Alabama have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that shows no signs of diminishing. The Blind Boys’ holiday spectacular is a roof-raising musical event that features bluesy, gospelized versions of seasonal favorites, old and new, plus a special opening set by former Nickel Creek members (and siblings) Sean and Sara Watkins.

American Bach Soloists Messiah Sing hallelujah to a Mondavi Center holiday tradition! Handel’s masterwork is given new life by UC Davis Choral Director Jeffrey Thomas and his acclaimed early music ensemble, the American Bach Soloists, for this Sunday matinee. Sunday, December 18, 2011 4PM JH New Time $55

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Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show with special guests Sara and Sean Watkins Go Tell It on the Mountain

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Prometheus Violin Concerto Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13, “Winter Daydreams”

MTT leads the SFS in a wide-ranging program featuring soloist Christian Tetzlaff, whose playing is described as “viscerally explosive ... but always with a sense of purpose and a richness of inner life” (The Boston Globe). Thursday, January 5, 2012 8PM JH PPT $89

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Platoon Directed by Oliver Stone (1986) Rated R, 120 minutes A young soldier arrives in Vietnam to face both a war in the jungle and a conflict within himself. Grappling with fear, anger and exhaustion, he must navigate the conflicting styles of his superior officers without becoming numb to the horrors of war and the value of human life. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Monday, January 9, 2012 7PM VST

Hilda Huang

Alexi Kenney, violin and Hilda Huang, piano Young Artists Competition Winners Winners, respectively, of the 2010 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition Senior and Junior Grand Prizes, Kenney and Huang have developed a close musical kinship. Kenney currently studies with Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Huang won the International Bach Competition in March 2010, becoming the youngest person and the first American to do so.

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Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Hailed by critics for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco company in the field today. Artistic Director Martin Santangelo and his wife Soledad Barrio successfully bring to the stage the very heart and soul of flamenco through dance, song and music, creating a true communal spirit among the audience and the performers onstage. $58

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“the gritty, no -nonsense per formances … get to the dark heart of flamenco and inflame it with their artis try.” —The Village

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A young pianist of astonishing virtuosity and imagination, Cuban-born Alfredo Rodriguez calls up images of legendary jazz pianists like Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Bill Evans and his compatriot Chucho Valdés. Discovered at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006 by Quincy Jones, Rodríguez’s star has risen rapidly under the tutelage of the famed producer.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Dutoit, music director and conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Berlioz Saint-Saëns Tchaikovsky

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 92 Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103, “Egyptian” Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

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Longtime music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit brings Britain’s heralded Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with a French and Russian program featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 81

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The Alexander String Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary with a focus on Czech composer Antonin Dvorák. A fixture in the major music capitals of four continents, the Quartet has secured its place among the world’s premier ensembles while maintaining a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco. ut Sold O Sunday, JANUARY 29, 2012 2PM VST 2PM 7PM VST Q&A

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini Recorded Summer 2009, 125 minutes. An idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, Puccini’s great melodrama set in 1800 is anything but dated. With Adrianne Pieczonka as Floria Tosca, Lado Ataneli as Baron Scarpia and Carlo Ventre as Mario Cavaradossi. Monday, January 30, 2012 7PM VST $20

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Dreams

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1990, 120 Minutes, English

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This visually stunning film from Academy Award-winning director Akira Kurosawa consists of eight powerful vignettes. Among others, it inspired directors such as Oliver Stone, who calls it “Haunting, symbolic, and drenched with whimsy and foreknowledge of death.” Join Executive Director of the Mondavi Center, UC Davis, Don Roth, for an introduction and Q & A. This film is presented in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum as part of its Film Frame series.

Oliver Stone One of our most provocative and knowledgeable filmmakers, Oliver Stone has won Oscars for directing Born on the Fourth Of July (based on the memoir of Ron Kovic) and Platoon and for writing Midnight Express. He was nominated for best director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor.

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Q&A Moderated by Jaimey Fisher, UC Davis Associate Professor of German and Director, Program in Film Studies.

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Rachel Barton Pine, violin with the Chamber Soloists Orchestra of New York Mozart

Complete Violin Concertos

The first American to win the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition (and also the youngest, at age 17), Rachel Barton Pine joins the accomplished ensemble musicians in the Chamber Soloists Orchestra of New York to offer the rare chance to hear all of Mozart’s violin concertos in one evening. Saturday, February 4, 2012 8PM JH PPT $72

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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Returning after a rapturous sell-out 2010 appearance, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo remains one of the most popular dance troupes in the United States. The fact that men dance all the parts— heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses or angst-ridden Victorian ladies—enhances, rather than mocks, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing novices and aficionados alike.

Since 2006, Circa has taken its vision of re-imagining circus as a contemporary art form to 18 countries across five continents. Circa offers utterly new ways of experiencing the awe-inspiring world of circus, combining physically impossible skills with a poetic sensibility to amaze, astonish and move audiences. Recommended for audiences 12 and up.

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Loudon Wainwright III Leo Kottke

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From 1972’s “Dead Skunk” to 2010’s Grammy-winning High Wide & Handsome, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III has delivered a consistently wry and tuneful take on American life. This special Mondavi Center double bill is rounded out by acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke, whose fingerpicking style melds blues, jazz and folk, and whose live performances are legendary for his astounding musicianship and equally prodigious storytelling skills. Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8PM JH $49

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Eric Owens, bass-baritone

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American bass-baritone Eric Owens has carved a unique place in the contemporary opera world as both an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Owens continues to bring his poise, expansive voice and natural acting faculties to stages around the world, including a scene-stealing performance in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Friday, February 17, 2012 8PM JH $72

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Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” by The New York Times, multi-Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés has recorded more than 80 albums during his illustrious career. A founding member of the innovative Cuban super-group Irakere (along with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval), Valdés brings fiery energy and forward-thinking spirit to every performance. Saturday, February 18, 2012 8PM JH PPT $49

The Chieftains 50th Anniversary Tour The Chieftains celebrate their 50th Anniversary doing what they do best: delivering a concert experience filled with grace, humor, exceptional musicianship and the pageantry of visiting dancers and pipe bands. The six-time Grammy winners, still led by Paddy Maloney, continue to make traditional music with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8PM JH $68

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“the dean of Latin jazz”

Overtone Quartet Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Chris Potter and Eric Harland Since their debut at New York’s Blue Note in 2009, the Overtone Quartet has become one of the most exhilarating jazz ensembles of our time. These jazz veterans share a deep respect for the legacy of creative freedom, “challenging each other to greater and more subtle composition and performance” (All About Jazz). Saturday, February 25, 2012 8PM JH PPT $49

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Angelique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo, whose work has garnered her four Grammy nominations, has crosspollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. Her charismatic performances have prompted a trail of critical acclaim. Friday, March 2, 2012 8PM JH $49

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Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542 Sonata in B Minor Les Jeux d’Eaux à la Villa d’Este Feux Follets Funérailles Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of commanding interpretive and technical prowess, and an enormous repertoire, as displayed in this intriguing all-Liszt program. Friday, March 9, 2012 8PM JH $72

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Curtis On Tour Curtis on Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences nationwide, with tomorrow’s leading musicians performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty. To honor the Curtis Institute’s new Classical Guitar department, faculty members Jason Vieaux and David Starobin will join Curtis President Roberto Diaz in featuring the institute’s newest guitar students. Saturday, March 10, 2012 8PM VST Sunday, March 11, 2012 2PM VST $35

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Mondavi Gala SATURDAY, March 17, 2012 Wine, food and the performing arts intersect in a remarkable Gala Event celebrating an inimitable California couple, Robert and Margrit Mondavi and their visionary generosity. For more information visit us at MondaviArts.org/gala

U.S. premiere! Ballet Preljocaj: Blanche Neige In 2008, one of France’s leading choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj, presented his first full-length story ballet Blanche Neige (Snow White). Now, in 2012, the Mondavi Center presents the United States debut of this amazing contemporary ballet. Based on Grimm’s fairy tale, Blanche Neige is set to music by Gustav Mahler, with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier and set design by Thierry Leproust. Blanche Neige is a grown-up retelling of Grimm’s fairy tale. Due to brief nudity and mature themes, it is not appropriate for young audiences. ailability limited av

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“An unusually fine group musically, technically, in just about any way one wants to view it.” —The New York Times

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Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. He returns to his classical roots for this Masters of Percussion performance, showcasing Indian ragas, rhythms and traditional dance.

Alexander String Quartet Dvorák

A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American” String Quartet in G Major, Op. 106

Thursday, March 22, 2012 8PM JH $49

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The Alexander String Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary with a focus on Czech composer Antonin Dvorák. A fixture in the major music capitals of four continents, the Quartet has secured its place among the world’s premier ensembles. Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the concert. Sunday, MARCH 18, 2012 2PM VST 2PM Sold Out

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Breathtaking feats, serious fun and Australian humor for audiences of all ages! The Circus Oz show is a rock-n-roll, animalfree circus that adults and children can enjoy together. Expect two hours of stupendous agility, death-defying stunts, awe-inspiring acrobatic performances, irreverent comedy and a spectacular live band. Saturday, March 24, 2012 8PM JH Sunday, March 25, 2012 3PM JH $55

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SFJAZZ Collective The Music of Stevie Wonder The eight wonders of the SFJAZZ Collective return with their stellar musicianship and forward-thinking compositions. The Collective also provides fresh perspective on jazz repertoire through original arrangements of jazz legends from Thelonious Monk to Ornette Coleman and, for this performance, they tackle the beloved music of pop music icon Stevie Wonder.

SFJAZZ Collective

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“Truly death defying” —Examiner.com

Young Artists Competition Winners Concert Mondavi Center resident pianist Lara Downes hosts a celebratory concert featuring the talented winners of the seventh annual Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition. The competition, held annually in January, is juried by a panel of internationally renowned musicians, with winners in multiple categories including ensemble, instrumental and vocal. Sunday, April 1, 2012 2PM VST

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Campus Community Book Project

“Ms. LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer.” —The New York Times

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Bettye LaVette

Ramón Vargas

The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti Recorded Fall 2008, 158 minutes

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Donizetti’s charming comedy is a celebration of innocence, so what setting could be better than a small Italian-American community in the Napa Valley, circa 1915? In this ingenious update, the naïve Nemorino (Ramón Vargas) believes that a love potion will win him Adina’s (Inva Mula) heart. He captures both his sweetheart and the American dream over the course of this delightful opera buffa. Monday, April 9, 2012 7PM VST $20

Sherman Alexie The Partially True Story of the True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the 2011-12 Campus Community Book Project book. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8PM JH Q&A $40

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Beyond her spectacular, gritty voice, Bettye LaVette embodies the searching, all-or-nothing commitment to the song that is the hallmark of the great Soul singers. On her 2010 album Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, LaVette reimagines songs by The Beatles, The Who, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many more. Friday, April 13, 2012 8PM JH $49

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April Zippo Songs: Poems from the Front with Theo Bleckmann

Anoushka Shankar Traveler

Composer and guitarist Phil Kline’s Zippo Songs (2003) sets to music texts that American GIs engraved on their Zippo lighters in Vietnam. Anne Midgett of The New York Times says “Phil Kline has fashioned brilliant American lieder for the 21st century. Tinged with elements of the psychedelic 60s, they communicate with a direct vernacular eloquence.”

Anoushka Shankar breaks new ground with her Traveler project, which brings together the passionate and diverse music of Spain with the vibrant ancient forms of the Indian classical tradition. Shankar re-forges the link, separated by a thousand years, between Spanish and Indian music by tracing the musical commonalities of the gypsies’ journey from their homeland in Rajasthan passing through Iran, Iraq, Armenia and Spain.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 8PM VST Q&A

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8PM JH

Sunday, April 15, 2012 2PM VST PPT

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“The most incredible use of the improv form I’ve ever seen on the stage.”—Huffington Post The Bad Plus For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. From gentle and melodic to fierce and abstract, from swing to 80’s techno, their latest album, Never Stop, is tied together by a group sound that embraces diversity as strength. Wednesday– Saturday, April 18–21, 2012 8PM VST $38 Sponsored By

“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” —The New York Times

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company Based on an audience suggestion, The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Any hour could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we have come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. With the audience seated on stage, and with nothing planned out, rehearsed or written, each evening will be entirely unique! Thursday– Saturday, April 19–21, 2012 8PM JH Sunday, April 22, 2012 3PM & 7PM JH $42

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Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

J.S. Bach Handel J.S. Bach

San Francisco Symphony concertmaster Alexander Barantschik concludes the San Francisco Symphony’s three-concert season with some of the finest works from the baroque era. Wednesday, May 2, 2012 8PM JH

“sheer virtuosity ... focused, richly nuanced playing” —The New York Times Maya Beiser Provenance

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Patti Smith

Cellist Maya Beiser’s new project Provenance features live music and original text in Ladino, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin, woven together into an all-encompassing musical tapestry reflecting the period between the eighth and fifteenth centuries in the Iberian Peninsula when Muslims, Christians and Jews once lived together in Spain, creating a centuries-long flowering of commerce, culture, art and architecture.

Billed the “Godmother of Punk” by The New York Times, Patti Smith has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and won the 2010 National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids, which brilliantly captures her lifelong friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. For her first Mondavi Center appearance, Smith will speak about her life, the creative process, innovation and artistic expression. Wednesday, May 9, 2012 8PM JH

Saturday, April 28, 2012 8PM JH PPT

Q&A Moderated by Christopher Reynolds, Professor and Chair, Department of Music, UC Davis.

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April–May

San Francisco Symphony Chamber Ensemble Alexander Barantschik, leader and violin

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ODC/Dance The Velveteen Rabbit ODC/Dance—one of the Bay Area’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies—enlivens Margery Williams’s classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real though music, dance and a powerful narrative. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of childhood whimsy!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 3PM JH $40

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New York Philharmonic Alan Gilbert, music director and conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano Dvorák Beethoven Tchaikovsky

Carnival Overture, Op. 92 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

Led by dynamic music director Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic makes its long-awaited Mondavi Center debut with a program featuring acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman. Saturday, May 12, 2012 8PM JH $150

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May

Natalie Dessay

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti Recorded Summer 2008, 124 minutes The emotionally fragile Lucia (Natalie Dessay) is driven to madness when manipulated to marry a man she does not love. Featuring the most famous mad scene in the repertory and full of ravishingly beautiful melodies, this timeless bel canto masterpiece evokes the passion and desperation of a woman used by her brother as a political pawn. With Gabriele Viviani as Enrico Ashton and Giuseppe Filianoti as Edgardo. Monday, May 14, 2012 7PM VST $20

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Supergenerous Cyro Baptista and Kevin Breit Cyro Baptista, one of the foremost percussionists in the U.S., and stringed instrument guru Kevin Breit team up in their genre- and culture-crossing group Supergenerous, which Billboard calls “pure aural pleasure.” Wednesday– Saturday, May 16–19, 2012 8PM VST $37 Sponsored By

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The Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance

Department of Music

Department of Theatre & Dance

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Debussy: Barber: Schumann:

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Piano Concerto, op. 38 Lara Downes, piano Symphony No. 4 in D Minor

This program (On Our Way to Spain!) is a taste of what the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform in Spain on its tour from March 24 to April 4, 2012. The orchestra will perform in four major venues in Madrid, Valencia, Granada, and Barcelona, including the famous Palau de la Música Catalana. Sunday, March 11, 2012 7 PM JH REGULAR STUDENTS & CHILDREN

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Directed by Fall 2011 Granada Artist-in-Residence Michael Barakiva Playwright Tom Stoppard uses Hamlet, the most popular play ever written, as springboard into an absurdly comical examination of life’s most fundamental question: how do we know what we know? The answer, as the titular characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern learn, is anything but black and white. Thursday–Saturday, November 17–19 & December 1-3, 2011 8PM Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 2PM   Main Theatre General

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The House of Bernarda Alba Directed by Spring 2012 Granada Artist-in-Residence Federico García Lorca’s famous drama was completed two months before his murder by the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. Wrought with sexual tension, the play explores themes of repression, passion and conformity, and inspects the effects of men upon women as five daughters are confined to their mother’s house for an 8-year period of mourning. Thursday–Saturday, March 8–10 & 15–17   8PM Sunday, March 11 & 18 | 2PM   Main Theatre

Visit music.ucdavis.edu for the full schedule for the season.

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Former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright with UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Barbara K. Jackson

Donors Your generous donation allows us to bring world-class artists and speakers to the Sacramento Valley, and energize and inspire tens of thousands of school children and teachers through our nationally recognized Arts Education programs. In appreciation for your gift, you receive a host of benefits which can include: • Priority Seating • Access to Donor-Only Events • Advance ticket sales for Just Added shows • Invitation to a cast party • Much, much more …

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Accessibility and Policies

Policies

Accommodations for Patrons with Disabilities

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Mondavi Center Arts Education Programs Mondavi Center programs for K-12 students open the classroom to the creative process, while conforming to the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Residency activities bring master classes and lecture-demonstrations to aspiring K-12, college and adult artists. Through both exposure and participatory activities, we seek to ensure that the arts remain an integral part of our region’s rich heritage.

Audience Engagement Pre-Performance Talks These free, half-hour talks with UC Davis faculty, local arts experts and guest artists provide context and background for the performance.

Q&A Sessions with the Artists After select Mondavi Center performances, artists return to the stage to take questions from the audience. Visit www.mondaviarts.org for details.

The Mondavi Center is proud to be a fully accessible state-of-the-art public facility that meets or exceeds all state and federal ADA requirements. Patrons with special seating needs should notify the Mondavi Center Ticket Office at the time of ticket purchase to receive reasonable accommodation. The Mondavi Center may not be able to accommodate special needs brought to our attention at the performance. Seating spaces for wheelchair users and their companions are located at all levels and prices for all performances.

Patron Services Desk near the lobby elevators. The Mondavi Center requires an ID to be held at the Patron Services Desk until the device is returned.

Elevators The Mondavi Center has two passenger elevators serving all levels. They are located at the north end of the Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, near the restrooms and Patron Services Desk.

Restrooms All public restrooms are equipped with accessible sinks, stalls, baby-changing stations and amenities. There are six public restrooms in the building: two on the Orchestra level, two on the Orchestra Terrace level and two on the Grand Tier level.

Service Animals

Requests for sign language interpreting, realtime captioning, Braille programs, and other reasonable accommodations should be made with at least two weeks’ notice. The Mondavi Center may not be able to accommodate last minute requests. Requests for these accommodations may be made when purchasing tickets at 530.754.2787 or TDD 530.754.5402.

Mondavi Center welcomes working service animals that are necessary to assist patrons with disabilities. Service animals must remain on a leash or harness at all times. Please contact the Mondavi Center Ticket Office if you intend to bring a service animal to an event so that appropriate seating can be reserved for you.

Assistive Listening Devices

You may purchase parking passes for individual Mondavi Center events for $7 per event at the parking lot or with your ticket order. Rates are subject to change. Parking passes that have been lost or stolen will not be replaced.

Assistive Listening Devices are available for Jackson Hall and the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. Receivers that can be used with or without hearing aids may be checked out at no charge from the

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Privacy Policy

UC Davis Faculty and Staff

The Mondavi Center collects information from patrons solely for the purpose of gaining necessary information to conduct business and serve our patrons efficiently. We sometimes share names and addresses with other not-for-profit arts organizations. If you do not wish to be included in our e-mail communications or postal mailings, or if you do not want us to share your name, please notify us via e-mail, U.S. mail, or telephone. Full Privacy Policy at MondaviArts.org

UC Davis faculty and staff as well as UCD Medical Center employees, both current and retired, are eligible for an employee discount of 10% (Mondavi Center Presents events only, both subscribers and non-subscribers). To qualify for the discount, a UC Davis email address, staff ID or health insurance card must be provided. Limit two tickets per event for each faculty/staff member attending.

Discounts Student & Children Tickets

Groups Entertain friends, family, classmates, or business associates and save! Groups of 20 or more qualify for a 10% discount off regular prices. Payment must be made in a single check or credit card transaction. Please call 530.754.2787 or 866.754.2787.

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Ticket Exchange

Student tickets are to be used by registered students matriculating toward a degree, age 18 and older, with a valid student ID card. Each student ticket holder must present a valid student ID card at the door when entering the venue where the event occurs, or the ticket must be upgraded to regular price. Child tickets are for all patrons age 17 and younger. No additional discounts may be applied. As a courtesy to other audience members, please use discretion in bringing a young child to an evening performance. All children, regardless of age, are required to have tickets, and any child attending an evening performance should be able to sit quietly through the performance.

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Tickets must be exchanged at least one business day prior to the performance. Tickets may not be exchanged after your performance date. There is a $5.00 exchange fee per ticket for non-subscribers and Pick 3 purchasers. If you exchange for a higher priced ticket, the difference will be charged. The difference between a higher and a lower priced ticket on exchange is non-refundable. Subscribers and donors may exchange tickets at face value toward a balance on their account. All balances must be applied toward the same presenter and expire June 30 of the current season. Balances may not be transferred between accounts. All exchanges subject to availability. All ticket sales are final for events presented by non-UC Davis promoters. No refunds

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