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Western Health Advantage Season of Performing Arts

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In putting together the 2017–18 season, which marks 15 years since our opening, we have been inspired and enlivened by you, our audience. Enlivened by your spirited applause, your thought-provoking questions and your passion for both the familiar and the obscure: These are the things that push us to find artists who can amaze and inspire. Our home, here on the UC Davis campus, in the midst of a great research and teaching enterprise, is a vital element of our identity. A spirit of discovery surrounds us, and we embrace the challenge to be active participants in that vitality. As you turn the pages of this brochure, you will dive into current and classic arts from the four corners of the earth, as well as into the artistic traditions of this nation from Louisiana to Appalachia—and from both coasts. You will meet artists and ensembles you know well (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chick Corea and Garrison Keillor) and others who may become your new artistic muses (Dorrance Dance, Pedrito Martinez and Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal). This combination of the classic and contemporary, of the established and the emerging, has become a hallmark of each Mondavi Center season. You will find my Director’s Choice shows throughout the book, marked with . These are performers that 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. As always, we encourage you to take the subscription journey, which inevitably brings you riches both expected and surprising. My colleagues and I look forward to greeting you again this coming season. The celebration would not be the same without you.

Don Roth, Ph.D.


Western Health Advantage Season of Performing Arts 4–23 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22

EVENTS BY SERIES Dance Series With A Twist Series Jackson Hall Jazz Series Speakers Series Concert Series World Stage Series Studio Jazz Series American Heritage Series Orchestra Series Alexander String Quartet Series

24–37 EVENTS BY ADD-ON CATEGORIES 24 India in the Artist's Eye 26 Holidays 28 Rising Stars/Vocals 29 Young Artists Competition 30 Visions 32 Family 36 Music @ UC Davis 39–56 SINGLE EVENTS BY DATE 57–61 GENERAL INFORMATION 57 Benefits of Subscribing 58 Engagement and Education 59 Giving 60 Discounts, Accessibility and Policies 61 How to Subscribe JH

Jackson Hall

VST Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Director’s Choice event Uncorked event, featuring complimentary wine pours for Inner Circle donors one hour prior to showtime and during intermission in the Bartholomew Room.

Cover: Circa photo by Justin Nicolas (see p. 33) This page: Daniel Hope photo by Harald Hoffmann (see p. 12)


It is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Mondavi Center. We invite you to get the most out of your Mondavi Center experience by joining us as a subscriber. Not only will you enjoy significant savings by purchasing a package of shows in advance, you will also gain access to valuable benefits throughout the season, including the ability to exchange tickets up to 24 hours before the performance time and priority renewals in the seasons ahead. See pg. 57 for a list of subscriber benefits.

Join us for the 2017–18 Season.

CĂŠcile McLorin Salvant (see p. 8)


Series Subscriptions Get the best available seats at the best prices. Pre-selected packages based on genre. And remember, you can exchange any ticket up to 24 hours before the performance time . Just give us a call!


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

! “ LIBERTAD, DESEO Y OBSESIÓN!” —Momiviento on Compañía Nacional de Danza’s Carmen

SUNDAY

OCT

29

7PM

Dorrance Dance Tap dance, like jazz, is one of America’s homegrown art forms. Dorrance Dance honors and revitalizes tap through furious rhythms and adventurous, yet accessible, choreography.

SATURDAY– SUNDAY

MAR

3 4

8PM 2PM

“MS. DORRANCE ... PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF TAP WHILE EXPOSING ITS TRUE NATURE: THAT IT IS MUSIC.“

Compañía Nacional de Danza Carmen Founded in 1979, Compañía Nacional de Danza returns to the Mondavi Center with a work that is a statement of its compelling artistic direction. Subscribers will be seated in the Saturday, 8PM performance. If you prefer the Sunday matinee, please check the box on the renewal form.

—The New York Times on Dorrance Dance

FRIDAY

JAN

26

8PM

4

Circa Il Ritorno Australia’s Circa has always created work at the crossroads of cirque and modern dance. But never has the company so fully embraced that potential as in Il Ritorno.

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“A POWERFUL VISION OF HUMANITY AND COMPASSION.” —The Australian on Circa’s Il Ritorno


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Dorrance Dance

Circa

Compañía Nacional de Danza

Dance Series

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

WEDNESDAY

NOV

1

8PM

FRIDAY

DEC

8

8PM

6

Reduced Shakespeare Company William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) One of the most regrettably overlooked fake news stories of the past year is the discovery of William Shakespeare’s first dramatic work. In the Long Lost First Play, the company weaves the Bard’s most famous characters, greatest lines and magnificent speeches into an entirely new, comic tour de force.

“A PURE DELIGHT FROM START TO FINISH ... INSPIRED MADNESS!” —Broadway World on Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp The Hot Sardines are back to share music that evokes New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. In Holiday Stomp, the Sardines infuse yuletide classics with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, jazz vocals and amazing tap.

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With A Twist Jackson Hall Jazz

“SIMPLY PHENOMENAL.” —The Times (London) on The Hot Sardines

Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Hot Sardines

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Unparalleled genius and astounding virtuosity presented on our grandest stage.

“WHEN I HAVE THE DESIRE TO SAY SOMETHING, IT SPEAKS TO ME IN RHYTHMS AND COLORS AND MELODIES AND NOTES.” —Terence Blanchard

SATURDAY

OCT

21 8PM

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

WEDNESDAY

MAR

21

8PM

FRIDAY

APR

FRIDAY

FEB

9

8PM

8

Bill Charlap Trio with Cécile McLorin Salvant Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein In one of three events celebrating legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, jazz pianist Bill Charlap and longtime trio bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington perform songs from Charlap’s 2004 tribute, Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea An unexpected twist: Wynton Marsalis sits out a tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, ceding the Jackson Hall stage to jazz piano titan Chick Corea.

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective Socially conscious music rooted in the Black Lives Matter movement, Terence Blanchard’s debut album with the E-Collective captures how, in Blanchard’s words, “music and art have the power to change hearts and souls.”

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Bill Charlap Trio

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Chick Corea

Terence Blanchard

Jackson Hall Jazz Series “BILL CHARLAP APPROACHES A SONG THE WAY A LOVER APPROACHES HIS BELOVED. HE WANTS TO KNOW ITS ORIGINS, ITS SHAPE, ITS MOODS.” —Time

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

WEDNESDAY

OCT

11

8PM

FRIDAY

DEC

1

8PM

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

Pete Souza The former chief official White House photographer takes us on a visual tour of key moments in Barack Obama’s presidency—and shares his recollections.

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MONDAY

FEB

5

8PM

WEDNESDAY

APR

11

8PM

CAMPUS COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECT

Janet Mock Redefining Realness Mock has earned her place as one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in American media. She takes the Jackson Hall stage to discuss her career in the keystone event of this year’s Campus Community Book Project.

J.D. Vance Vance's book Hillbilly Elegy examines the struggle of growing up middle class in white, working-class towns, while in a larger sense appraises a demographic in decline, fighting to cope with an evolving America.


Speakers Jackson Hall Jazz

Photo from The First 100 Days by Pete Souza Garrison Keillor

Pete Souza

About Scott Syphax Speakers Series Q&A Moderator Host and co-executive producer of the International Telly and Emmy Award-winning talk show, Studio Sacramento, a weekly KVIE series focusing on the people and issues that make our part of California what it is today and what it will be tomorrow. Syphax heads Syphax Strategic Solutions and is chairman of The Nehemiah Companies, a social enterprise and development corporation.

Janet Mock

J.D. Vance

Speakers Series $152/$120/$88 Jackson Hall Speakers Seating 4 Events

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The finest and most celebrated classical artists and ensembles working today.

WEDNESDAY

FEB

7

8PM

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Stephen Hough, PIANO Hough Mozart Barber Poulenc

Trio for Piccolo, Bassoon and Piano Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, KV 452 Summer Music (1956) Sextet for Piano and Winds, FP 100

WEDNESDAY

MAY

2

8PM

WEDNESDAY MONDAY

MAR

19 8PM

Zurich Chamber Orchestra Daniel Hope, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings, op. 47 El-Khoury Unfinished Journey for Violin and String Orchestra (commissioned by Daniel Hope for the 10th anniversary of Menuhin’s death) Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043 Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”

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MAY

16 8PM

Vladimir Feltsman, piano Vladimir Feltsman’s Mondavi Center debut earned him a roomful of new admirers. In this first of his three-year project Connections, Influences and Inspirations, Feltsman will focus on the works of Bach, Haydn and Beethoven.

New Century Chamber Orchestra Simone Dinnerstein, PIANO Zachary De Pue, CONCERTMASTER

Purcell Chacony in G Minor (arr. Britten) Dessner Aheym Geminiani Concerto Grosso No. 12 Bach Keyboard Concerto in G Minor Glass Concerto The New Century Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1992, looks for fresh, exciting ways to present classical music by combining performances of extraordinary quality with innovative programming. Case in point: This program pairs J. S. Bach and Philip Glass, with pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing Glass’ newest piano concerto and Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in G Minor.


JacksonConcert Hall Jazz

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Stephen Hough

Daniel Hope

Vladimir Feltsman

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Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Jason Vieaux, guitar FRI, MAY 4, 2018 8PM

Simone Dinnerstein

Concert Series

$253/$198/$144 Jackson Hall Concert Seating 4 Events

Jackson Hall Stage see p. 55 Add-On Events are not part of a series but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.

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

“WHEN I HAVE THE DESIRE TO SAY SOMETHING, IT SPEAKS TO ME IN RHYTHMS AND COLORS AND MELODIES AND NOTES.” — Terence Blanchard

FRIDAY

OCT

13

8PM

WEDNESDAY

NOV

15 8PM

The Gloaming

SATURDAY

FEB

The Gloaming is a sum much greater than its already impressive parts. Those who witnessed The Gloaming’s first appearance at the Mondavi Center in 2014 will surely return for another musical journey with this unique group.

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Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

SATURDAY

Eddie at 80 By skillfully fusing the rhythms of Puerto Rico with the melodic and harmonic complexity of jazz, Palmieri has established himself as a musical innovator whose work is both bold and downright danceable.

“A MAGNIFICENT PLAYER ... SHARP, SPLASHY AND DRIVING.” —The New York Times on Arturo O’Farrill

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8PM

MAR

17 7PM

Çudamani Gamelan and Dance of Bali Enjoy an evening-long voyage into Indonesian culture with Çudamani, one of Bali’s most respected gamelan troupes.

Danú and Goitse St. Patrick's Day Celebration The Mondavi Center’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration brings two of Ireland’s biggest bands (and a beer festival) together: Danú, hailing from the south’s historic County Waterford; and Goitse, forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy.

MAY

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

8PM

One of the finest jazz groups working today, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra thrives on cross-cultural collaboration and cutting-edge improvisation.

FRIDAY

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

The Gloaming

Eddie Palmieri

Çudamani

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The Cristina Pato Quartet

Galician gaita master Cristina Pato arrives with bagpipe in hand and quartet in tow.

Danú

Arturo O'Farrill

World Stage Series $193/$157/$112 Jackson Hall Standard Seating 5 Events

WED–SAT, OCT 4–7, 2017 8PM Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Jazz Cabaret Seating see p. 39

Add-On Events are not part of a series but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.

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

“PEDRITO IS A GENIUS … WORKING WITH HIM HAS BEEN A REVELATION TO ME.” —Wynton Marsalis on Pedrito Martinez

WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

NOV

1-4 8PM

WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

MAR

14-17 8PM

Harold López-Nussa Trio One of the latest in a procession of keyboard players to emerge from Cuba, Harold López-Nussa has drawn comparisons to the likes of piano masters Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

APR

25-28 8PM

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

Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen Duo Two friends come together in an intimate, musical conversation covering the history of modern jazz.

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

“WITH THE CLARINET SHE BECOMES A SINGER, A DANCER, A POET, A MAD SCIENTIST.” 16 mondaviarts.org

—JazzTimes on Anat Cohen


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Harold Lรณpez-Nussa

Fred Hersch

Anat Cohen

Pedrito Martinez Group

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

THURSDAY

Los Tigres Del Norte

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With roots planted down the road in San Jose, California, Los Tigres Del Norte has grown into one of the most famous bands in the world.

SEP

8PM

FRIDAY

APR

13

8PM

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Leyla McCalla Trio

The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor Teaming up with his sons, daughter and daughterin-law, O’Connor effortlessly mixes progressive bluegrass, country and indie folk into a musical evening that is both familiar and eye-opening.

Former Carolina Chocolate Drop Leyla McCalla creates music that is steeped in French, Haitian and Creole traditions. WED–SAT, FEB 21–24, 2018 8PM Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Jazz Cabaret Seating see p. 49

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Add-On Events are not part of a series but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.


American Heritage

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

Los Tigres Del Norte

The O’Connor Band

American Heritage Series $99/$73/$56 Jackson Hall Standard Seating 2 Events

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

THURSDAY

NOV

2

8PM

WEDNESDAY

JAN

17

8PM

Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR Daniil Trifonov, PIANO Strauss Don Juan Trifonov Piano Concerto Prokofiev Symphony No. 6

SATURDAY

JAN

27

8PM

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

MONDAY

David Robertson, MUSIC DIRECTOR Augustin Hadelich, VIOLIN

12

Adès Dances from Powder Her Face Britten Violin Concerto Shostakovich Symphony No. 1

MAR

8PM

THURSDAY

MAY

High-Demand Shows We strongly recommend buying the Orchestra Series subscription to guarantee seats.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Dutoit, CONDUCTOR Jean-Yves Thibaudet, PIANO Respighi Liszt Stravinsky

Fountains of Rome Piano Concerto No. 2 Petrushka (1911)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN Meyer Wieniawski Beethoven

Commissioned work for Joshua Bell Violin Concerto No. 2 Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”

San Francisco Symphony David Robertson, GUEST CONDUCTOR Kirill Gerstein, PIANO Dean Haydn Brahms

Engelsflügel Symphony No. 102 Piano Concerto No. 1


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“AN ARTIST OF BREATHTAKING POISE AND THEATRICALITY.” —The Times (London) on pianist Daniil Trifonov

Valery Gergiev

David Robertson

Charles Dutoit

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The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

Joshua Bell

Kirill Gerstein

Orchestra Series $540/$417/$252 Jackson Hall Orchestra Seating 5 Events

Keith Lockhart, CONDUCTOR THU, APRIL 19, 2018 8PM Jackson Hall see p. 53 Add-On Events are not part of a series but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.

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The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, but is equally beloved in its second home: the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The group returns for its 16th consecutive Mondavi Center season.

Brahms and the Schumanns A Triangle for the Ages! Theirs was one of the great love triangles, one that has been memorialized in music, novels and even in a movie. At the time Johannes Brahms met Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and Robert Schumann in October of 1853, he was 20 years old; Clara was 34 and Robert 43 years old. In different ways and for different reasons, these three great musicians fell in love with each other, a love that was complicated beyond measure by the madness that would overtake Robert just four months after they met—and take his life 29 months later. This series will observe this extraordinary love triangle through the lens of their equally extraordinary chamber music. —Robert Greenberg, Ph.D.

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

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Alexander String Quartet

Photo by Shirley Singer

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 Schumann, Brahms and the Curse! Schumann String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, No. 1 (1842) Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 51, No. 1 (1873)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 Robert and Clara Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17 (1845) Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44 (1842)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018 The Triangle Schumann String Quartet in A Major, op. 41, No. 3 (1842) Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, op. 51, No. 2 (1873)

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

2PM

$180

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

7PM

$156

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The annual festival celebrates and interrogates the role of the artist in shaping our understanding of India.

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India in the Artist’s Eye FRIDAY– SATURDAY

NOV

3-4

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

FRI–SAT, NOVEMBER 3–4, 2017 8PM JH STAGE ADD-ON & CYO $26

SUNDAY

APR

15

Devendra Sharma and Company Sultana Daku One of the most popular performance genres of Northern India, Nautanki’s rich musical compositions, fine poetry and humorous, entertaining storylines hold a strong influence over North Indian people’s imaginations. Sultana Daku depicts the exploits of Sultana, a notorious thief from early 20th-century India who lived in the jungles of Uttar Pradesh with his gang of 300 robbers and his lover, Phulkanwar. This Nautanki is a humorous tale of the cat and mouse chase between Sultana and the British superintendent of police, Freddie Young. Devendra Sharma brings this century-old, extremely popular Nautanki classic to life for a contemporary audience.

SUN, APRIL 15, 2018 2PM JH STAGE

Devendra Sharma as Sultana in Sultana Daku

ADD-ON & CYO $26

SATURDAY– SUNDAY

MAY

12-13

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

SAT, MAY 12, 2018 8PM JH STAGE SUN, MAY 13, 2018 2PM JH STAGE ADD-ON & CYO $26

These India in the Artist’s Eye events are not part of a series, but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.

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Celebrate the season with us!

Explore the season!

Add-On

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SUNDAY

DEC

17

American Bach Soloists Jeffrey Thomas, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Messiah The holidays would be less fulfilling without the American Bach Soloists this year performing their signature rendition of Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. Jeffrey Thomas continues to lead this renowned ensemble and a quartet of spectacular vocal soloists; even if you have heard Messiah elsewhere, there is a special magic and joy in the American Bach Soloists’ performances, one that continues to draw in music lovers far and wide.

SUN, DECEMBER 17, 2017 4PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $43 $33 $23

FRIDAY

DEC

8

The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp After a sold-out week just two seasons ago, The Hot Sardines are back to share music that evokes New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. In Holiday Stomp, the Sardines infuse yuletide classics with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, jazz vocals and amazing tap, performing beloved chestnuts like “White Christmas” and “Please Come Home for Christmas,” to lesser-known gems such as Edith Piaf’s “Le Noël de La Rue” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney.”

FRI, DECEMBER 8, 2017 8PM JH Also part of the With A Twist Series, p. 6 ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

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Some of these Holidays events are not part of a series, but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.


Holidays

“A SPIRIT-RAISING CONCOCTION.” —The Irish Times on Danú

SATURDAY

MAR

17

“BRIMMING WITH ENERGY AND CREATIVE ZEAL” —Irish Music Magazine on Goitse

Fe st ival ’18

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

SAT, MARCH 17, 2018 7PM JH Also part of the World Stage Series, p. 14 ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21 Each ticket to Danú and Goitse includes free admission (21 and over) to our annual beer tasting event, featuring local craft breweries. Presented in partnership with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

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Rising Stars SUNDAY

OCT

8

Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Mark Morash, CONDUCTOR

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

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

SUNDAY

FEB

25

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

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

FRIDAY

MAY

4

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

FRI, MAY 4, 2018 8PM JH STAGE ADD-ON & CYO $64

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These Rising Stars events are not part of a series, but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.


Young Artists Competition

The national Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC), now in its 14th year, supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. This year, the competition features the Founders Prize in Vocals to U.S. residents ages 18–22, and the Young Artists Prize to Californiaresident pianists and instrumentalists ages 12–17. The weekend-long finals celebration includes three events: Anush Avetisyan, soprano First-place winner of the 2012 Young Artists Competition

FRIDAY

APR

Young Artists All-Stars Concert

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

SATURDAY

Young Artists Competition Finals

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

APR

FRI, APRIL 27, 2018 8PM JH

SAT, APRIL 28, 2018 10AM JH

SUNDAY

APR

29

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

SUN, APRIL 29, 2018 2PM JH

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FRIDAY– “BACK TO THE DAYS Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal SATURDAY OCT Musique de Nuit WHEN MANDE GRIOTS, 27-28 HEREDITARY MUSICIANS The collaboration between Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal is simply spellbinding. The elegant, heartfelt WHO TELL THE HISTORY music on their latest release, Musique de Nuit (Night Music), refines the approach taken on their first album (Chamber Music), one that favors OF THEIR PEOPLE, quiet virtuosity. As these two musicians listen and play to each other, PLAYED FOR THE ROYAL connecting through every change of timbre and rhythm, their melodic “music of the night” captures a quiet beauty and soulful simplicity that FAMILIES OF THE OLD will leave audiences enraptured. MALI EMPIRE.” —NPR Music FRI–SAT, OCTOBER 27–28, 2017 8PM

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Visions “DOWNES REMINDS US JUST WHO WE ARE, A NATION OF DIVERSE VOICES AND EXPERIENCES.”—NPR Music

SATURDAY

JAN

20

“A GORGEOUS PAIRING ... THE TWO PLAY WITH SUCH SERENE AUTHORITY THAT THE LISTENER IS ALMOST AFRAID TO TAKE A BREATH.” —All About Jazz

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

SAT, JANUARY 20, 2018 8PM JH STAGE ADD-ON & CYO $26

FRIDAY– SATURDAY

APR

6-7

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

FRI–SAT, APRIL 6–7, 2018 8PM VST CABARET ADD-ON & CYO $26

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

SUNDAY

NOV

12

IMAGO Theatre La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton IMAGO Theatre has imagined a new fairytale experience that mixes Beauty and the Beast, steampunk aesthetics and automata all on one stage. Set to the backdrop of a whimsical ship, La Belle tells the love story of the crew’s coal stoker and a woman passenger, who, after seeking refuge from a storm, finds herself in an engine room full of mechanized figures brought to life by the stoker himself. Like a giant toy containing moving gears, this animated environment contains over 100 effects, puppets and mechanisms to entertain audiences of all ages.

SUN, NOV 12, 2017 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $17

“A MASTERPIECE RAISED TO AN INFINITE DEGREE.” —All Things Performing Arts

WEDNESDAY

NOV

8

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

WED, NOVEMBER 8, 2017 7PM JH

“VISUAL SPLENDOR AND THEATRICAL MAGIC.”

ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

—The Wall Street Journal

Sponsored by Hallmark Inn, UC Davis

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Family

“ONE OF THOSE HASTO-BE-SEEN-TOBE-BELIEVED TYPE PERFORMANCES ... SO INCREDIBLY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE IT WILL BE A HUGE HIT WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY.” —BrisbaneKids

SUNDAY

JAN

28

Circa Carnival of the Animals Feathers, fur and fins—oh my! Circa’s fanciful production features creatures of both land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. Inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ beloved musical suite, Carnival of the Animals whisks audiences away on a thrilling circus escapade through the talents of seven acrobats, two singers, four musicians and delightful animations that bring to life juggling zebras, streetsmart elephants and somersaulting kangaroos.

SUN, JANUARY 28, 2018 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

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These Family events are not part of a series, but may be added on to any CYO or Series subscription package at the Add-On discount.

“A WILD WEST WONDER!" —HARTFORD COURANT

SUNDAY

FEB

11

Cirque Éloize Saloon Theater and circus rambunctiously collide in Saloon, the newest acrobatic creation from contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize. Set to live folk and fiddle music, the story starts with a piano tuner setting his sights on the saloon’s beautiful Belle and ends with a chase worthy of the greatest action-packed Westerns of our time. Combining tall tales and original acrobatic choreography, Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative style in a show for the whole family. Hold on to your 10-gallon hats!

SUN, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

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Family SUNDAY

MAR

18

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

SUN, MARCH 18, 2018 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

“TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF SAMURAIS AND SHINTO MEDITATION BEING BUILT UP AND RELEASED THROUGH FIESTY YOUNG DRUMMERS AND THEIR KITS.“ —KPAS (UK)

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Department of Music, UC Davis 530.752.7896

Save the Dates! The UC Davis Symphony, led by Christian Baldini, the University Chorus, led by Jeffrey Thomas, and the Concert Band, led by Pete Nowlen, are all proud to call Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center their home. Please consider saving the following dates in your Mondavi Center calendar for 2017–18. Tickets go on sale July 14. Visit MUSIC.UCDAVIS.EDU on July 1 for a complete listing of concert details, including those taking place in the Ann E. Pitzer Center near the intersection of Hutchison and Old Davis Road. Contact Phil Daley, event manager, with questions: pedaley@ucdavis.edu or 530.752.7896.

The following concerts take place in Jackson Hall and begin at 7 PM. UC Davis Symphony Orchestra November 5, 2017 December 9, 2017 February 3, 2018 March 11, 2018 April 21, 2018 May 5, 2018 June 2, 2018

University Chorus December 9, 2017 March 11, 2018 June 8, 2018

Concert Band

December 6, 2017 March 9, 2018 June 1, 2018

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September–October

Los Tigres Del Norte With roots planted down the road in San Jose, California, Los Tigres Del Norte has grown into one of the most famous Norteño bands in the world. Their corridos (ballads) tell cinematic tales of life, love and the struggle to survive along the Mexico-United States border, featuring a style of accordion playing originating from the Texas borderlands. With six Grammys, six Latin Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Tigres has solidified itself as one of the most influential Spanish-language bands of all time.

THU, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $64 $47 $38

THURSDAY

SEP

American Heritage Series, see p. 18

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The Cristina Pato Quartet Galician gaita master Cristina Pato arrives with bagpipe in hand and quartet in tow. This compelling program explores the cultural voyage of rhythmic patterns originating in the Latin music of Europe before migrating on to South America. An active member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Pato became the first female gaita player to release a solo album— and has since collaborated with such artists as Arturo O’Farrill and Paquito D’Rivera in addition to dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil’ Buck.

WED–SAT, OCTOBER 4–7, 2017 8PM VST ADD-ON & CYO $40 WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

OCT

Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera

4-7

San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Mark Morash, PIANO AND CONDUCTOR

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

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

SUNDAY

OCT

8

TH

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October October

Garrison Keillor Just Passing Through Bestselling author, former host of A Prairie Home Companion and master Midwestern storyteller, humorist Garrison Keillor is back to take Mondavi Center audiences on a journey to understanding love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion and all other resounding facets of daily life. Keillor has published more than two dozen books of fiction and poetry, earning him Grammy, ACE and Peabody awards as well as the National Humanities Medal and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

WED, OCTOBER 11, 2017 8PM JH WEDNESDAY

OCT

11

ADD-ON & CYO $47 $38 $30

Speakers Series, see p. 10

The Gloaming

FRIDAY

OCT

13

The Gloaming is a sum much greater than its already impressive parts. Virtuosic fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla Ó Lionáird on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano create a rare combination of traditional Irish melodies, jazz, contemporary classical and improvisational flourishes. The soaring, “old style” sean-nós singing from Ó Lionáird is a special treat rarely heard outside of Ireland. Those who witnessed The Gloaming’s first appearance at the Mondavi Center in 2014 will surely return for another musical journey with this unique group.

FRI, OCTOBER 13, 2017 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $42 $31 $21

World Stage Series, see p. 14

Alexander String Quartet

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

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

ADD-ON & CYO $64 (2PM)

15

ASQ Series, see p. 22

OCT

40

$55 (7PM)

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October

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield Hudson This all-star band calls themselves Hudson, named after the Hudson River Valley they each call home. Drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield team up to celebrate their musical histories and Jack’s 75th birthday year in a tour de force of creative interplay. Fans know them as hard swinging jazz masters, deft and creative jam purveyors, rocking funky groove maestros, each musician at the top of his game. It’s rare that so impressive a group of individuals finds time away from their own projects to tour together.

SAT, OCTOBER 21, 2017 8PM JH

SATURDAY

OCT

21

ADD-ON & CYO $50 $31 $21

Jackson Hall Jazz Series, see p. 8

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal Musique de Nuit The collaboration between Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal is simply spellbinding. The elegant, heartfelt music on their latest release, Musique de Nuit (Night Music), refines the approach taken on their first album (Chamber Music), one that favors quiet virtuosity. As these two musicians listen and play to each other, connecting through every change of timbre and rhythm, their melodic “music of the night” captures a quiet beauty and soulful simplicity that will leave audiences enraptured.

FRIDAY– SATURDAY

OCT

27-28

FRI–SAT, OCTOBER 27–28, 2017 8PM VST ADD-ON & CYO $26

Dorrance Dance Tap dance, like jazz, is one of America’s homegrown art forms. Founded in 2011 by MacArthur Award recipient and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance honors and revitalizes tap through furious rhythms and adventurous, yet accessible, choreography. The company’s Mondavi Center debut features three pieces: 3 to 1; Jungle Blues; and Dorrance’s latest work, Myelination, which melds 12 dancers, singers and a full instrumental band together to create a rush that, as The New York Times puts it, “pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music.”

SUN, OCTOBER 29, 2017 7PM JH

SUNDAY

OCT

29

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October October–November

Dance Series, see p. 4

Reduced Shakespeare Company William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

WEDNESDAY

NOV

1

One of the most regrettably overlooked fake news stories of the past year is the discovery of William Shakespeare’s first dramatic work. Abridged down to 90 minutes, thanks to the able minds of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, this is a world premiere of a lost masterpiece that begins when Puck and Ariel hijack the plot of Comedy of Errors. In the Long Lost First Play, the company weaves the Bard’s most famous characters, greatest lines and magnificent speeches into an entirely new, comic tour de force. As NPR says, “something wickedly funny this way comes! ... and wickedly smart, too, as you’d expect from the ‘other’ RSC.”

WED, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

With A Twist Series, see p. 6

Harold López-Nussa Trio

WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

NOV

1-4

One of the latest in a procession of keyboard players to emerge from Cuba, Harold López-Nussa has drawn comparisons to the likes of piano masters Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. His debut album, El Viaje, is a stirring blend of tradition and innovation, Havana roots and American jazz—and features the drum and percussion playing of brother Ruy Adrian LópezNussa as well as bass playing and vocals from the melodic Alune Wade of Senegal.

WED–SAT, NOVEMBER 1–4, 2017 8PM VST ADD-ON & CYO $40

Studio Jazz Series, see p. 16

Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR Daniil Trifonov, PIANO

THURSDAY

NOV

2

Now in its 234th season, the Mariinsky Orchestra holds a distinguished history as one of Russia’s oldest musical institutions, and one of the most acclaimed orchestras in the world. Founded during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre, the orchestra makes its Mondavi Center debut conducted by Valery Gergiev and featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov, winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, who will perform his own piano concerto. Strauss Don Juan Trifonov Piano Concerto Prokofiev Symphony No. 6

THU, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $149 $106 $64

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November

Orchestra Series, see p. 20

INDIA IN THE ARTIST’S EYE

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

FRI–SAT, NOVEMBER 3–4, 2017 8PM JH

FRIDAY– SATURDAY

NOV

3-4

ADD-ON & CYO $26

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

WED, NOVEMBER 8, 2017 7PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

WEDNESDAY

NOV

8

IMAGO Theatre La Belle, Lost in the World of the ­Automaton IMAGO Theatre has imagined a new fairytale experience that mixes Beauty and the Beast, steampunk aesthetics and automata all on one stage. Set to the backdrop of a whimsical ship, La Belle tells the love story of the crew’s coal stoker and a woman passenger, who, after seeking refuge from a storm, finds herself in an engine room full of mechanized figures brought to life by the stoker himself. Like a giant toy containing moving gears, this animated environment contains over 100 effects, puppets and mechanisms to entertain audiences of all ages.

SUN, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $17 SUNDAY

NOV

12 TH

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October November–December

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band Eddie at 80 Celebrating his 80th year, 10-time Grammy Award–winner and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri hosts a party for the ages featuring some of the finest musicians around. Regarded as one of the top pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a celebrated bandleader, arranger and titan of salsa and Latin jazz. By skillfully fusing the rhythms of Puerto Rico with the melodic and harmonic complexity of his jazz influences—Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner—Palmieri has established himself as a musical innovator whose work is both bold and downright danceable.

WEDNESDAY

NOV

15

WED, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $49 $40 $21

World Stage Series, see p. 14

Pete Souza

FRIDAY

DEC

1

Pete Souza extensively documented Barack Obama’s first year in the Senate and accompanied the former president to seven countries, including Kenya, South Africa and Russia in 2005–06. Since Obama left office, Souza has made waves with his Instagram account, providing his own take on appropriate presidential behavior for the current administration. In this program, the chief official White House photographer takes us on a visual tour of key moments in Obama’s presidency and shares his recollections. Souza has won numerous photojournalism awards in the prestigious Pictures of the Year annual competition, the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and the White House News Photographers Association’s yearly contest—several times over.

FRI, DECEMBER 1, 2017 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

Speakers Series, see p. 10

Alexander String Quartet Robert and Clara Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17 (1845) Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44 (1842)

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

DEC

3

44

ADD-ON & CYO $64 (2PM)

$55 (7PM)

ASQ Series, see p. 22

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December–January

The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp After a sold-out week just two seasons ago, The Hot Sardines are back to share music that evokes New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. In Holiday Stomp, the Sardines infuse yuletide classics with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, jazz vocals and amazing tap, performing beloved chestnuts like “White Christmas” and “Please Come Home for Christmas,” to lesser-known gems such as Edith Piaf’s “Le Noël de La Rue” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney.”

FRI, DECEMBER 8, 2017 8PM JH

FRIDAY

DEC

8

ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

With A Twist Series, see p. 6

American Bach Soloists Jeffrey Thomas, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Messiah The holidays would be less fulfilling without the American Bach Soloists and their signature rendition of Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. Jeffrey Thomas continues to lead this renowned ensemble and a quartet of spectacular vocal soloists; even if you have heard Messiah elsewhere, there is a special magic and joy in the American Bach Soloists’s performances, one that continues to draw in music lovers far and wide.

SUNDAY

DEC

SUN, DECEMBER 17, 2017 4PM JH

17

ADD-ON & CYO $43 $33 $23

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

SUN, JANUARY 7, 2018 2PM & 7PM VST ADD-ON & CYO $64 (2PM)

$55 (7PM)

ASQ Series, see p. 22 SUNDAY

JAN

7

TH

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October January

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra David Robertson, MUSIC DIRECTOR Augustin Hadelich, VIOLIN David Robertson joins the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on his farewell tour as its music director. For the orchestra’s third Jackson Hall appearance it will perform Shostakovich’s First Symphony (written at age 18) in addition to Britten’s haunting Violin Concerto, as played by Mondavi Center favorite Augustin Hadelich. Adès Dances from Powder Her Face Britten Violin Concerto Shostakovich Symphony No. 1

WEDNESDAY

JAN

WED, JANUARY 17, 2018 8PM JH

17

ADD-ON & CYO $106

$84

$51

Orchestra Series, see p. 20 Associated residency activities supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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

SAT, JANUARY 20, 2018 8PM JH STAGE

JAN

20

ADD-ON & CYO $26

Circa Il Ritorno Australia’s Circa has always created work at the crossroads of cirque and modern dance. But never has the company so fully embraced that potential as in Il Ritorno. This eveninglength work is steeped in the movement vocabulary of cirque, but pushes that language to stunning new emotional and psychological ends. Accompanied by a string quartet and two singers performing excerpts of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, seven dancers strive to connect with each other against a stark black wall, precariously lifting, holding, levitating and falling, their movements driven by the forces of desire, devastation and absence.

FRIDAY

JAN

26

FRI, JANUARY 26, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $42 $31 $21

Dance Series, see p. 4 TH

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ANNIVERSARY

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January–February

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Dutoit, CONDUCTOR Jean-Yves Thibaudet, PIANO The ever-expressive Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra through a largely Romantic program, one topped off with Stravinsky’s bracing 1911 version of Petrushka. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to tackle Liszt’s lyrical, masterfully constructed second piano concerto. Respighi Liszt Stravinsky

The Fountains of Rome Piano Concerto No. 2 Petrushka (1911)

SATURDAY

JAN

SAT, JANUARY 27, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $106

$84

27

$51

Orchestra Series, see p. 20

Circa Carnival of the Animals Feathers, fur and fins—oh my! Circa’s fanciful production features creatures of both land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. Inspired by Camille Saint Saëns’ beloved musical suite, Carnival of the Animals whisks audiences away on a thrilling circus escapade through the talents of seven acrobats, two singers, four musicians and delightful animations that bring to life juggling zebras, street-smart elephants and somersaulting kangaroos.

SUN, JANUARY 28, 2018 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

SUNDAY

JAN

28

Janet Mock Redefining Realness CAMPUS COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECT Janet Mock is a transgender rights activist, TV host and New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. From People magazine to Entertainment Tonight, to founding the #GirlsLikeUs project and becoming a host for MSNBC, Mock has earned her place as one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in American media. She takes the Jackson Hall stage to discuss her career in the keystone event of this year’s Campus Community Book Project.

MON, FEBRUARY 5, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

Speakers Series, see p. 10

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FEB

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October February

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

WEDNESDAY

FEB

7

Trio for Piccolo, Bassoon and Piano Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, KV 452 Summer Music (1956) Sextet for Piano and Winds, FP 100

WED, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $67 $53 $38

Concert Series, see p. 12

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

FRIDAY

FEB

9

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

FRI, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $42 $31 $21

Jackson Hall Jazz Series, see p. 8

Cirque Éloize Saloon

SUNDAY

FEB

11 48

Theater and circus rambunctiously collide in Saloon, the newest acrobatic creation from contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize. Set to live folk and fiddle music, the story starts with a piano tuner setting his sights on the saloon’s beautiful Belle and ends with a chase worthy of the greatest action-packed Westerns of our time. Combining tall tales and original acrobatic choreography, Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative style in a show for the whole family. Hold on to your 10-gallon hats!

SUN, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

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February

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

WED–SAT, FEBRUARY 21–24, 2018 8PM VST

WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

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FEB

21-24 Çudamani Gamelan and Dance of Bali Enjoy an evening-long voyage into Indonesian culture with Çudamani, one of Bali’s most respected gamelan troupes. On tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary, this unforgettable cultural collective showcases both ceremony and ritual through percussive music made by mallet, kendang and gong, ornate costumes and evocative facial expressions that react and play to the rhythm and soul of the music.

SAT, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $34

World Stage Series, see p. 14 SATURDAY

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Curtis on Tour: Curtis Chamber Ensemble

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

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October March

Compañía Nacional de Danza Carmen Founded in 1979, Compañía Nacional de Danza returns to the Mondavi Center with a work that is a statement of its compelling artistic direction. Johan Inger’s Carmen is a visionary retelling of mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. Debuting in 2015, and winning the coveted Benois de la Danse prize for choreography in 2016, this contemporary Carmen tells the tale through the eyes of a child, with its heroine a courageous and modern woman, the mountains of Ronda reimagined as poor suburbs, the military now senior executives and the bullfighter recast as a movie star. SATURDAY– SUNDAY

MAR

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SAT, MARCH 3, 2018 8PM JH SUN, MARCH 4, 2018 2PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $64 $51 $38

Dance Series, see p. 4

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN After a stunning recital last season, Joshua Bell returns with the world’s best-known chamber orchestra to perform a new Edgar Meyer commission for violin and orchestra (one composed with Bell in mind) as well as Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Meyer Wieniawski Beethoven

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Commissioned work for Joshua Bell Violin Concerto No. 2 Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”

MON, MARCH 12, 2018 8PM JH

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Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen Duo Two friends come together in an intimate, musical conversation covering the history of modern jazz. Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen makes music that blends jazz and folk styles from Brazil, New Orleans, New York, Eastern Europe and Israel. Fred Hersch is an eight-time Grammy Award nominee and a revered figure among jazz’s piano elite. His low-key demeanor belies a restless, searching spirit, melodic genius and a distinctive keyboard style that has influenced countless musicians.

WED–SAT, MARCH 14–17, 2018 8PM VST WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

MAR

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Studio Jazz Series, see p. 16

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

SATURDAY

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SAT, MARCH 17, 2018 7PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

World Stage Series, see p. 14

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

SUN, MARCH 18, 2018 3PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

SUNDAY

MAR

18 Zurich Chamber Orchestra Daniel Hope, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN The Zurich Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, with Daniel Hope treating audiences to Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Bechara El-Khoury’s Unfinished Journey for Violin and String Orchestra (commissioned by Hope for the 10th anniversary of Menuhin’s death) as well as violin concertos from Mendelssohn and Bach. The orchestra is acclaimed for showcasing works from Baroque to Romantic to contemporary. Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings, op. 47 El-Khoury Unfinished Journey for Violin and String Orchestra Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043 Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”

MON, MARCH 19, 2018 8PM JH

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MAR

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October March–April

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea An unexpected twist: Wynton Marsalis sits out a tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, ceding the Jackson Hall stage to jazz piano titan Chick Corea. A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as one of the most nominated artists in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods (and 22 wins), Corea’s irrepressibly melodic playing veers between straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, and all points in between. This musical partnership features arrangements of Corea’s songs by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as well as well-loved standards.

WED, MARCH 21, 2018 8PM JH

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

FRI–SAT, APRIL 6–7, 2018 8PM VST FRIDAY– SATURDAY

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APR

6-7 J.D. Vance Growing up between the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky, J.D. Vance found upward mobility from high school to the Marine Corps to Yale Law. But instead of focusing on this trajectory, his No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy examines the struggle of growing up middle class in these white, workingclass towns, while in a larger sense appraises a demographic in decline, fighting to cope with an evolving America. He shares his personal analysis of this culture in crisis.

WED, APRIL 11, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $38 $30 $21

Speakers Series, see p. 10 WEDNESDAY

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April

The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor There is a long history of family bands, especially in bluegrass and country music, but it is rare to find one as versatile as The O’Connor Band. That’s not surprising considering the group is led by fiddle legend Mark O’Connor, whose career has been defined by eclecticism. The New York Times dubbed his career “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music.” Teaming up with his sons, daughter and daughter-inlaw, O’Connor effortlessly mixes progressive bluegrass, country and indie folk into a musical evening that is both familiar and eye-opening.

FRI, APRIL 13, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $42 $31 $21

American Heritage Series, see p. 18

FRIDAY

APR

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Devendra Sharma and Company Sultana Daku One of the most popular performance genres of Northern India, Nautanki’s rich musical compositions, fine poetry and humorous, entertaining storylines hold a strong influence over North Indian people’s imagination. Sultana Daku depicts the exploits of Sultana, a notorious thief from early 20th-century India who lived in the jungles of Uttar Pradesh with his gang of 300 robbers and his lover, Phulkanwar. This Nautanki is a humorous tale of the cat and mouse chase between Sultana and the British superintendent of police, Freddie Young. Dr. Devendra Sharma brings this century-old, extremely popular Nautanki classic to life for a contemporary audience.

SUN, APRIL 15, 2018 2PM JH STAGE ADD-ON & CYO

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

THU, APRIL 19, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $128

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October April

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective

FRIDAY

APR

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Socially conscious music rooted in the Black Lives Matter movement, Terence Blanchard’s debut album with the E-Collective captures how, in Blanchard’s words, “music and art have the power to change hearts and souls.” This electric, fusioninfluenced ensemble boasts guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard, Jr. and drummer Oscar Seaton, all of whom dedicated Breathless to Eric Garner, a black man fatally injured in an altercation with police, and cite the music’s healing impact as inspiration to keep playing in urban areas across the country.

FRI, APRIL 20, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $42 $31 $21

Jackson Hall Jazz Series, see p. 8

Pedrito Martinez Group When the Pedrito Martinez Group takes the stage, a wave of pure energy embraces the audience. A tireless, incomparable performer, Cuban percussionist and singer Martinez heads a band whose sole mission is to raise the roof and share in the infectious joy of music making. Martinez has worked with a who’s who of musicians including Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Sting and Wynton Marsalis, the latter of whom considers Martinez a “genius” and revelation to work with.

WED–SAT, APRIL 25–28, 2018 8PM VST WEDNESDAY– SATURDAY

ADD-ON & CYO $40

APR

Studio Jazz Series, see p. 16

25-28

Young Artists Competition All-Stars Concert The weekend kicks off with a celebratory concert featuring competition alumni in a mixed repertoire program.

FRI, APRIL 27, 2018 8PM JH

Young Artists Competition Finals Talented young musicians from across the U.S. take the stage with their best repertoire before an esteemed panel of judges.

SAT, APRIL 28, 2018 10AM JH FRIDAY– SUNDAY

APR

27-29 The Young Artists Competition (YAC) supports young artists in the early stages of their careers, providing scholarships to further their musical studies as well as valuable performance opportunities to encourage their artistic growth.

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Young Artists Competition Winners Concert Mondavi Center resident pianist Lara Downes hosts the celebratory concert featuring the incredibly talented winners.

SUN, APRIL 29, 2018 2PM JH ALL 3 EVENTS SOLD AS A WEEKEND PASS $42

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May

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

WED, MAY 2, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $67 $53 $38 WEDNESDAY

Concert Series, see p. 12

MAY

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

FRI, MAY 4, 2018 8PM JH STAGE ADD-ON & CYO $64

FRIDAY

MAY

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Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra One of the finest jazz groups working today, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra thrives on cross-cultural collaboration and cuttingedge improvisation. A regular Sunday-night gig at New York’s famed Birdland has helped hone the group’s tight ensemble runs, stirring dynamics and impeccable sense of swing. MultiGrammy Award–winner, pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, the son of Cuban trumpeter Chico O’Farrill, has been hailed by The New York Times as “a magnificent player... sharp, splashy, and driving.”

FRI, MAY 11, 2018 8PM JH ADD-ON & CYO $42 $31 $21

World Stage Series, see p. 14

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October May

INDIA IN THE ARTIST’S EYE

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

SATURDAY– SUNDAY

SAT, MAY 12, 2018 8PM JH STAGE SUN, MAY 13, 2018 2PM JH STAGE

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New Century Chamber Orchestra Simone Dinnerstein, PIANO Zachary De Pue, CONCERTMASTER The New Century Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1992, looks for fresh, exciting ways to present classical music by combining performances of extraordinary quality with innovative programming. Case in point: This program pairs J. S. Bach and Philip Glass, with pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing Glass’ newest piano concerto and Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in G Minor.

WED, MAY 16, 2018 8PM JH FRIDAY

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San Francisco Symphony David Robertson, GUEST CONDUCTOR Kirill Gerstein, PIANO Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has since received some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards. After a one-year interlude, the symphony returns to the Mondavi Center, this time under the baton of maestro David Robertson. Pianist Kirill Gerstein, the sixth recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award, accompanies the symphony, performing Brahms’ emotionally surging Piano Concerto No. 1, alongside Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 and Brett Dean’s Engelsflügeln. Dean Haydn Brahms THURSDAY

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Engelsflügel Symphony No. 102 Piano Concerto No. 1

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These hour-long performances serve as an introduction to the variety of art forms presented at the Mondavi Center. Curriculum based, the School Matinees support K–12 California Common Core State Standards.

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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.

1: CLASSROOM DISCUSSION with Bassem Youssef and Heghnar Watenpaugh, Ph.D., associate professor of art history; 2: SCHOOL MATINEE; 3: Ronald K. Brown Dance MASTER CLASS; 4: Technical (stage lighting) WORKSHOP; 5: Curtis On Tour RESIDENCY.

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