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Mondavi Center


address  One Shields Ave.
 Davis, CA  95616
phone (530) 752-1915
www.mondaviarts.org

Upcoming Events

Harlem 100 Featuring Mwenso and the Shakes

Americana/Roots, Jazz
The Harlem Renaissance was an unrivaled period of brilliance. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and hosted by Michael Mwenso, Harlem 100 presents the most exciting Harlem musicians and dancers in a modern variety show that pays homage to the presentations made famous in the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, as well as a nine-piece band with three dancers, Harlem 100 celebrates one of the most influential artistic movements of our country and gives insight into Harlem then and now.
Harlem Renaissance;
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/harlem-100
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 • Fri 11/22/19 at 8pm-10pm 

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together On Stage

Americana/Roots
Carpenter and Colvin—longtime friends for over 30 years— will appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. These special shows will feature the acclaimed songwriters performing material from their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: $17.50 and up
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/mary-chapin-carpenter-shawn-colvin-together-stage
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 • Sun 12/8/19 at 7pm-9pm 

Alexander String Quartet 2

Chamber Music, Classical
(Shostakovich Quartet No. 9, Shostakovich Quartet No. 10, Shostakovich Quartet No. 11)
Dmitri Shostakovich
The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.
Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the concert.
Dmitri Shostakovich
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $39.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/alexander-string-quartet-2
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 • Sun 12/8/19 at 2pm-4pm 

Danú: An Emerald Isle Christmas

Holiday Music, World
The cracking Irish band Danú returns to the Mondavi Center with special guests for An Emerald Isle Christmas, celebrating the holiday, as well as Danú’s 25th anniversary, in time-honored Irish fashion. Music, song and dance are a vital part of joyous community celebrations across Ireland during the holiday season. An Emerald Isle Christmas offers a taste of these extraordinary and centuries-old events. Based in County Waterford, Danú boasts a traditional but modern sound with virtuoso players on the uilleann pipes, accordion and fiddle, and the vocals of Nell Ní Chróinínn, joined on this special occasion by colorful Irish step dancers.
Estimated run time: 100 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
Irish;Holiday
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $22.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/dan%C3%BA
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 • Sat 12/14/19 at 8pm-9:40pm 

Pink Martini

Jazz, Swing, Pop, Latin/Salsa, World
Pink Martini was formed in 1994 by aspiring Portland politician Thomas Lauderdale, who got the idea to provide more entertaining, uplifting music at political functions for causes such as civil rights, education, public broadcasting and more. A year later, Lauderdale called on former Harvard classmate China Forbes to join the band, and together they began writing songs together for the "little orchestra." Since then, the group has been known for drawing its inspiration from a myriad of sources, including romantic Hollywood musicals of the '40s and '50s, and a multilingual repertoire of diverse genres like jazz, Latin, lounge and classical, all shaken and stirred with cinematic influences, driving rhythms and exotic vocals. A typical Pink Martini concert spans the globe, from Cuban rumba and Parisian cafe tunes to Carnival disco.
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www.pinkmartini.com
Price: $17.50-$85
Event Website: www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/pink-martini
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 • Tue 12/17/19 at 7pm 

Alexander String Quartet 3

Chamber Music, Classical
(Shostakovich Quartet No. 12 ,Shostakovich Quartet No. 13)
Dmitri Shostakovich
The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $32.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/alexander-string-quartet-3-0
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 • Sun 1/5/20 at 7pm-9pm 

An Evening With Itzhak Perlman

Classical
Itzhak Perlman visits the Mondavi Center with his friend, pianist Rohan De Silva, for an evening of stories and music. While Perlman’s sold-out recitals have been delighting local audiences for more than a decade, this evening will be different – an opportunity to get to know the man behind the music as he speaks from the stage, illustrating his stories with music and multimedia. Classical music’s most prominent ambassador, Perlman has been granted a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $27.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/evening-itzhak-perlman
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 • Sat 1/11/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Focus on Film: Badlands

Film
An impressionable teenage girl (Sissy Spacek) from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend (Martin Sheen) embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. Loosely based on a true story, Badlands is often cited by film critics as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time. The film was also notable for its lyrical photography, and its music, which includes pieces by Carl Orff. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: This show is FREE, but one must have a ticket in hand to enter the hall. Limit four tickets per order.
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/badlands
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 • Sun 1/12/20 at 2pm-4pm 

The Beatles White Album Live

Rock
Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy has painstakingly transcribed and arranged The Beatles White Album “In It’s Entirety,” for Rhythm Section, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Choir. Special Guests Musicians from the Sacramento area have collaborated for this concert in an effort to support The SPMA Guitar Project and the iHeartMusic.Org Scholarship Fund, which helps to bring music education, and guitar programs to underserved schools in the Sacramento area.
This is the benefit show, of all benefit shows, reaching out to grab Davis at the prestigious Mondavi Center; a sign that the Beatles will live on forever. It’s your chance to witness one of the greatest pages in Beatles history played live; with more than 40 professional musicians taking the stage, the entire White Album will unfold before you from start to finish. This will quite possibly be the rarest of rare, musical performances in Davis all year.
The Beatles: Music: Concert: Fundraiser: Benefit Concert:
Event Info: (916) 382-2770
Ages: All Ages
Price: $20 - $55
Event Website: https://tickets.mondaviarts.org/6641/6642
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 • Sat 1/18/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Tord Gustavsen Trio

Jazz
Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen creates lyrical, stripped-down music that is deceptive in its simplicity. On his recent album, The Other Side, Gustavsen returns to the piano trio setting, expanding its repertoire with new compositions as well as arrangements of J.S. Bach chorales and traditional Scandinavian hymns. The elements long-present in Gustavsen’s work remain intact: an appreciation for silence and space, a reverence built on the hymns of his youth, a Nordic kind of soulfulness and an instinct for memorable compositions.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $23.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/tord-gustavsen-trio
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 • Wed 1/22/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Tord Gustavsen Trio

Jazz
Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen creates lyrical, stripped-down music that is deceptive in its simplicity. On his recent album, The Other Side, Gustavsen returns to the piano trio setting, expanding its repertoire with new compositions as well as arrangements of J.S. Bach chorales and traditional Scandinavian hymns. The elements long-present in Gustavsen’s work remain intact: an appreciation for silence and space, a reverence built on the hymns of his youth, a Nordic kind of soulfulness and an instinct for memorable compositions.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $23.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/tord-gustavsen-trio
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 • Thu 1/23/20 - Sat 1/25/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is internationally renowned as Britain's national orchestra.
www.rpo.co.uk/
Price: $27.50-$175
Event Website: www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/royal-philharmonic-orchestra
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 • Sat 1/25/20 at 8pm 

Samin Nosrat

Speaker, Cooking
As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she has pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor, aiming to create work that inspires, creates community, and raises cultural, social and environmental awareness. Her New York Times bestselling book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking won the 2018 James Beard General Cookbook of the Year, among other notable awards. A documentary series based on the book is now streaming on Netflix.
Netflix host;
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/samin-nosrat
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 • Wed 1/29/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Spektral Quartet

Contemporary Classical
In conjunction with the UC Davis Department of Music’s Taproot Composition Festival, the Mondavi Center presents Spektral Quartet. The Chicago-based quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year or this week. Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere and bold, inquisitive programming, including their Grammy-nominated collaboration with Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy la Tradición.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/spektral-quartet
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 • Fri 1/31/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Joey Alexander Trio

Jazz
Joey Alexander’s first appearance at the Mondavi Center introduced local audiences to an artist wise beyond his years, yet still fully enmeshed in the wonder of creative discovery. Born in 2003 in Bali, Alexander moved to New York City in 2014, where he has experienced one of the most ascendant careers ever seen in jazz. Jason Olaine, a Grammy-winning producer who serves as director of programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has produced all four of Alexander’s albums, says he continues to be impressed by the pianist’s fantastic gift. “Joey is such a huge talent coming out of a young player, however he wants to create and have fun by playing. It’s not about the accolades or the applause.”
Estimated run time: 75 minutes, there will not be an intermission.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/joey-alexander-trio
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 • Fri 1/31/20 at 8pm-9:30pm 

Spektral Quartet

Classical, Experimental (Incl. All Music Forms)
In conjunction with the UC Davis Department of Music’s Taproot Composition Festival, the Mondavi Center presents Spektral Quartet. The Chicago-based quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year or this week. Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere and bold, inquisitive programming, including their Grammy-nominated collaboration with Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy la Tradición.
www.spektralquartet.com
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/spektral-quartet
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 • Sat 2/1/20 at 9:30pm-11:30pm 

Circa: Humans

Experimental/Perf. Art
Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa brings its newest concept, Humans, to the Jackson Hall stage. With a specially designed and highly intimate seating arrangement, 10 dancers take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. They lead us to reflect on our lives, our loved ones, the burdens we carry, and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. The performers push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theater and circus—and lead the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that “redraw the limits to which circus can aspire” (The Age). This is a more mature performance, recommended for ages 10+.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $24.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/circa
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 • Thu 2/6/20 - Sat 2/8/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Circa: Humans

Experimental/Perf. Art
Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa brings its newest concept, Humans, to the Jackson Hall stage. With a specially designed and highly intimate seating arrangement, 10 dancers take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. They lead us to reflect on our lives, our loved ones, the burdens we carry, and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. The performers push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theater and circus—and lead the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that “redraw the limits to which circus can aspire” (The Age). This is a more mature performance, recommended for ages 10+.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $24.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/circa
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 • Sat 2/8/20 - Sun 2/9/20 at 2pm-4pm 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

World, A cappella
South Africa’s musical ambassador to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most popular a cappella vocal ensembles. In a show especially designed for families, the group draws from its album Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World, which was nominated for Best Children’s Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Expect songs like “Love Your Neighbor,” “Everything’s So Stupid!” and “Old MacDonald Zulu Style” as Ladysmith Black Mambazo enchants young audiences with uplifting harmonies and plenty of laughter, too.
Acapella;South African
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/ladysmith-black-mambazo
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 • Sat 2/15/20 at 2pm-4pm 

Rosie Kay's 5 Soldiers

Dance Play, Experimental/Perf. Art
A thrilling and humane portrait of army life tells the stories of five men and women serving on the front line. In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion, The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited Great Britain’s Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for Armed Forces. What came of these observations is this award-winning, five-star work. Deeply realistic, stark and thrilling, 5 Soldiers offers no moral stance on war, but instead questions what it is that we ask of our soldiers. With Kay’s trademark intense physical and athletic dance theatre, 5 Soldiers explores how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century.
Estimated run time: 65 minutes, there will not be an intermission.
*Seating for this show is general admission.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/rosie-kays-5-soldiers
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 • Wed 2/26/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Rosie Kay's 5 Soldiers

Experimental
A thrilling and humane portrait of army life tells the stories of five men and women serving on the front line. In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the 4th Battalion, The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited Great Britain’s Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for Armed Forces. What came of these observations is this award-winning, five-star work. Deeply realistic, stark and thrilling, 5 Soldiers offers no moral stance on war, but instead questions what it is that we ask of our soldiers. With Kay’s trademark intense physical and athletic dance theatre, 5 Soldiers explores how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century.
Estimated run time: 65 minutes, there will not be an intermission.
*Seating for this show is general admission.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/rosie-kays-5-soldiers
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 • Thu 2/27/20 - Fri 2/28/20 at 8pm-9:05pm 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Classical
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Under the leadership of acclaimed music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns for an evening of music-making including the fireworks and lyricism of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and only the second Mondavi Center performance ever of Beethoven’s landmark Fifth Symphony. In describing the ensemble’s collaboration with Bell, The Washington Post declared, “Bell was so at one with his fellow musicians, they seemed to be breathing together.” This Leap Day performance is sure to be as special and rare as the date on which it falls.
Joshua Bell
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $75
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/academy-st-martin-fields
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 • Sat 2/29/20 at 8pm-10pm 

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields With Joshua Bell

Classical
Among the world's most famous chamber orchestras, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is now under the leadership of the acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell. The group has over 500 recordings to its credit, ranging from baroque and classical to the romantic and 20th century.
www.asmf.org
Ticket Phone: (530) 754-2787
Price: $75-$150
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/academy-st-martin-fields
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 • Sat 2/29/20 at 8pm 

Gary Younge

Speakers, Book
Award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist for The Guardian, Gary Younge comes to the Mondavi Center for the first time as part of the Campus Community Book Project, which will focus on gun violence during the 19–20 academic year. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream; Who Are We? And Should it Matter in the 21st Century?; Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States; and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South.
Campus Book Project;Community Book Project
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/gary-younge
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 • Mon 3/2/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Jazz
Representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz” (The Washington Post), Chilean-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana is a prodigious talent whose instrumental chops and creative improvisations are a family tradition. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father, Marcos Aldana (son of saxophonist Enrique Aldana, whose Selmer Mark VI tenor Melissa performs with to this day). She began on alto but after hearing Sonny Rollins she switched to tenor and never looked back. For her Mondavi Center debut, Aldana will perform a standard jazz set alongside her suite, Visions for Frida Kahlo, dedicated to the painter Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $23.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/melissa-aldana-quartet
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 • Wed 3/4/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Jazz
This quintet is led by tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana.
www.melissaaldana.com
Ticket Phone: (530) 754-2787
Price: $23.50-$47
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/melissa-aldana-quartet
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 • Wed 3/4/20 at 7pm 

Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Charlie Musselwhite

Americana/Roots, Blues
Three blues masters join together for a triple bill of legendary proportions.
The title of Buddy Guy's latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist's 18th album showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its 15 tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. "I got children and grandchildren who didn't know who I was, but nowadays we can play outdoor concerts and see kids that are eight, nine, twelve years old coming to me and saying, 'I didn't know who you was, but I read what Eric Clapton said about you,'" Guy explains when discussing his mindset around the new record. "I'm always trying to make an album that someone accidentally plays where some kid hears it, picks up a guitar, and helps keep the blues alive."
When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. Jimmie Vaughan has dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. It's a spirit he holds close to him, and for over 50 years of holding the blues close inside him, Vaughan isn't about to stop now.
With an induction into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, 35 Blues Music Awards and 11 Grammy nominations, American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of blues music¹s most important artists. One of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s (alongside Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield, among others), Musselwhite was reportedly the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in The Blues Brothers. He was born in Mississippi but spent his formative years in Memphis, TN during the period when rockabilly, western swing, electric blues and other forms of music.
Blues
Event Info: (530) 752-7827
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/buddy-guy-jimmie-vaughan-and-charlie-musselwhite
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 • Wed 3/4/20 at 4pm 

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Jazz
This quintet is led by tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana.
www.melissaaldana.com
Ticket Phone: (530) 754-2787
Price: $23.50-$47
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/melissa-aldana-quartet
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 • Thu 3/5/20 - Sat 3/7/20 at 8pm 

San Francisco Symphony Featuring Michael Tilson Thomas

Classical
Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D Major
The San Francisco Symphony brings Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 9 to the Mondavi Center in 2020, as Michael Tilson Thomas, the longest-tenured music director at any major American orchestra, bids farewell. MTT and the San Francisco Symphony performed in Jackson Hall on the Mondavi Center’s opening night in 2002, a night in which Tilson Thomas declared Jackson Hall a “wonderful new instrument.” We celebrate his tenure with the SFS and his long association with our beloved hall on this special night.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $27.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/san-francisco-symphony
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 • Sat 3/7/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Curtis on Tour: The Vera Quartet with Meng-Chieh Liu, piano

Classical
Beethoven: Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4 Bright Sheng: String Quartet No. 4, Silent Temple Franck: Piano Quintet in F MinorDavid Hertzberg String quartet commissioned for this tour.
The Mondavi Center's longstanding partnership with Curtis on Tour brings us faculty pianist Meng-Chieh Liu and the Vera Quartet, which is currently the string quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with just three hours' notice. Formed in 2015, the Vera Quartet has held residencies at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy and the Banff Centre, and has embarked on tours of Spain and South Korea. Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its alumni are engaged regularly at the world's great opera houses and professional training programs.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: This show is FREE, but one must have a ticket in hand to enter the hall.
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/curtis-tour
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 • Sun 3/8/20 at 2pm-4pm 

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse

Jazz
Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse is an original song cycle on which she collaborated with arranger and conductor Darcy James Argue. This latest project from the two-time Grammy winner is a work both musical and narrative, a fairytale-like musical journey about a female ogre who falls in love with a man and, in the end, devours him. Since the release of Cécile, her 2010 debut album, Salvant has been wowing critics and audiences, including in her three Mondavi Center performances over the past four years. Backed with a big band and ingenious arrangements by Argue, this parable that touches on race and gender with humor and insight is a landmark artistic statement for Salvant.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/c%C3%A9cile-mclorin-salvant
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 • Mon 3/9/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Dreamers' Circus

World, Folk, Chamber Music
Described as ethereal Nordic folk music, Dreamers' Circus is comprised of three close friends and members of the Danish String Quartet whose bond informs their powerfully connective music. Using traditional instruments (piano, accordion, violin and cittern), Dreamers' Circus evokes reminiscence while remaining present and relevant. The group has collaborated with musical groups of varying genres—from classical to rock—around the globe, proving that music is truly a universal language. The multi-award–winning trio brings their uniquely familiar sound to the Mondavi Center for two special evenings of traditional yet innovative music.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/dreamers-circus
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 • Fri 3/13/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Classical Dance, Ballet
Celebrating more than 40 years of presenting their playful, but decidedly rigorous, view of traditional, classical ballet en travesti, the Trocks return to the Mondavi Center stage with their inspired blend of loving knowledge of dance, comic approach and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. From the early days of performing in late-late shows in off-off Broadway lofts to the stages of the Bolshoi and the Folies Bergère, this company of professional male dancers have deservedly enjoyed both popular and critical success around the world.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/les-ballets-trockadero-de-monte-carlo
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 • Fri 3/13/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Dreamers' Circus

World, Folk, Chamber Music
Described as ethereal Nordic folk music, Dreamers' Circus is comprised of three close friends and members of the Danish String Quartet whose bond informs their powerfully connective music. Using traditional instruments (piano, accordion, violin and cittern), Dreamers' Circus evokes reminiscence while remaining present and relevant. The group has collaborated with musical groups of varying genres—from classical to rock—around the globe, proving that music is truly a universal language. The multi-award–winning trio brings their uniquely familiar sound to the Mondavi Center for two special evenings of traditional yet innovative music.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/dreamers-circus
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 • Sat 3/14/20 at 8pm-10pm 

The High Kings & Socks in the Frying Pan: St. Patrick's Day Celebration

World
Those who attend our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will consider themselves lucky indeed! A complimentary beer tasting featuring a selection of local breweries precedes a double-bill of The High Kings, a multi-platinum Irish folk group of four vocalists/instrumentalists formed in Dublin; and Socks in the Frying Pan, a young traditional trio from Country Clare that blends classic Irish melodies with innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish.
Beer Tasting
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: $12.50 and up
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/high-kings-socks-frying-pan
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 • Tue 3/17/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Mnozil Brass

Jazz, Contemporary Classical
With a signature brand of playfulness often likened to Monty Python, Austria’s Mnozil Brass returns to the Mondavi Center brass a-blazing! Their performances are known to be infectious, energetic, and downright effervescent. Astounding musicianship is combined with offbeat humor and physical comedy. Add showmanship to serious musical chops on original compositions, classical favorites, jazz standards and popular hits, and you have got quite a spectacle. One glance at Mnozil’s online videos quickly turns the curious into converts, but it is the unforgettable live experience that will create lifelong fans.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/mnozil-brass
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 • Fri 3/20/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez

Jazz
Grammy-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez first worked together on Rodríguez’s 2012 release Invasion Parade. Since that initial recording session, they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing. Each artist brings a different approach to the collaboration. Rodríguez was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, and his playing is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Afro Cuban and jazz roots. Martinez’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana in which he was raised.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/alfredo-rodr%C3%ADguez-pedrito-martinez
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 • Sat 3/21/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Vladimir Feltsman, piano

Classical
In this third and final edition of his concert trilogy, Vladimir Feltsman shares the final act of a story he began telling at Mondavi Center in 2018. Known as one of the most versatile and commanding musicians of our time, pianist and conductor Feltsman covered works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin in year one; and by Schumann and Brahms in year two. In this final program, titled “Inspirations,” Feltsman will perform his interpretations of works by Beethoven and Schubert. The old saying is “the third time is the charm” but audience members will be hard-pressed to pick a favorite among Feltsman’s trinity of performances.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $22.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/vladimir-feltsman-piano
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 • Fri 4/3/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Fred Hersch, piano & Miguel Zenón, saxophone

Jazz
For more than 10 years, pianist Fred Hersch has invited a wide range of musicians to join him in duo performances at New York’s Jazz Standard. Last season, Hersch inaugurated the tradition at the Mondavi Center. This year he carries it forward over three nights in collaboration with saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón. ?
Fred Hersch?
A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by the Los Angeles Times and “a living legend” by The New Yorker.
A 12-time Grammy nominee, Hersch has regularly garnered jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career.
If good things happen slowly, as the title of Hersch’s 2017 memoir attests, such good fortune has nonetheless accrued to the point where the pianist can enjoy the accolades and adulation of peers, critics and audiences alike. He has long set the standard for expressive interpretation and inventive creativity in a stunning variety of settings, whether through his exquisite solo performances, as the leader of one of jazz’s era-defining trios, or in eloquent dialogue with his deeply attuned duo partners.
Miguel Zenón
Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a leader.
Latinx
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Event Website: www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/fred-hersch-piano-miguel-zenón-saxophone
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 • Thu 4/9/20 - Sat 4/11/20 at 8pm 

Maggie Haberman

Speaker
Maggie Haberman, New York Times White House correspondent, CNN political analyst and Pulitzer Prize winner, has established herself as one of the country’s most respected journalists and reliable resources for expert commentary on current events and national issues. One of the most influential voices in national affairs journalism today, she opens audiences’ eyes with a remarkably informed perspective on President Trump, based on their complex relationship and her history of covering him. She examines his influence on key issues affecting all Americans and his battles with the American press. Her stories on covering a contentious administration offer a revealing insider’s look at what is sure to be known as our country’s most explosive era of modern journalism.
Estimated run time: 90 minutes, there will not be an intermission.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/maggie-haberman
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 • Wed 4/15/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Sandbox Percussion

Classical, Contemporary Classical
Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” and “a bombshell of raw-talent” by contemporary music tastemakers I Care if You Listen, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading force in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Sandbox seeks to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
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 • Fri 4/17/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Sandbox Percussion

Classical, Contemporary Classical
Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” and “a bombshell of raw-talent” by contemporary music tastemakers I Care if You Listen, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading force in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Sandbox seeks to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $10
Event Website: https://tickets.mondaviarts.org/5936/?_ga=2.161681727.225565657.1568743691-1137676751.1568230962
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 • Sun 4/19/20 at 2pm-8pm 

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza

Experimental
Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza returns to the Mondavi Center stage for the first time in more than a decade. Each work of the Compañía is derived from a creative process based on personal experiences, socio-historical problems and different artistic media. For this appearance, the company’s program includes the stunning Las Aguas del Olvido (The Waters of Forgetfulness) in which the dancers move on a gigantic pool of water. Dance Magazine raves of Tania Pérez-Salas: “her gift is as a choreographer of images that extend far beyond the physical.”
Latinx
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/tania-p%C3%A9rez-salas-compa%C3%B1%C3%ADa-de-danza
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 • Sat 4/25/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Arlo Guthrie 20/20 Tour with Folk Uke featuring "Alice's Restaurant"

Folk
If hindsight is 20/20 vision, Arlo Guthrie has a vast perspective looking forward. The road has become a way of life for Arlo: sharing songs and stories, getting to the heart of what really matters, and of course, being a comedic agitator. Stirring the pot, questioning the powers that be, and reminding us what it’s all about with humor and passion. Initially making a name for himself in the sixties with the iconic "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree," Guthrie helped define the singer-songwriter genre burgeoning in the seventies. With over thirty albums in his discography, Arlo Guthrie returns to the Mondavi Center to deliver an astounding time capsule from the works of his dad, Woody Guthrie, to the present day. He'll be joined by his daughter, Cathy Guthrie, and her band mate Amy Nelson, who form the enchantingly harmonizing, irreverently humored duo Folk Uke.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $13.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/arlo-guthrie
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 • Sun 4/26/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Bokanté

World
Bokanté is a world-music supergroup founded by Michael League (of Snarky Puppy) and Malika Tirolien, who is originally from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Singing in both Creole and French, Tirolien’s words draw nuanced pictures of the struggles we face in our world today—racism, the refugee crisis, a dying planet, apathy towards human suffering—and offer thankfulness for those things that unify us, as well as provide hope for the future of our race. As League describes the group, “In combining our different accents I feel that there is a strangely common and poignant sound, one that can reach and relate to listeners around the world.”
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/bokant%C3%A9
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 • Fri 5/1/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Yumi Kurosawa, koto, with Anubrata Chatterjee, tabla

World
Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee to deliver a program that brings together two expressive musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India. The duo spin mesmerizing musical tales as they reinforce the powerful idea of music as a means to enhance the collaborative spirit of our global community. Together, instrumental virtuosity illuminates the deeply rooted similarities of their respective crafts and their affinity and respect for one another.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: $23.50 and up
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/yumi-kurosawa-koto
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 • Fri 5/1/20 - Sat 5/2/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Focus on Film: Hell or High Water

Film
This neo-Western crime thriller follows a divorced father and his older ex-con brother (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies to save their family ranch, while being pursued by two Texas Rangers (Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham). The American Film Institute selected it as one of its ten Movies of the Year, and it was nominated for numerous awards, including four Oscars.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: This show is FREE, but one must have a ticket in hand to enter the hall
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/hell-or-high-water
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 • Sun 5/3/20 at 2pm-4pm 

Malpaso Dance Company

World Dance
In the few short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance groups, with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company is led by its original three founders: resident choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and co-founder Daileidys Carrazana. Malpaso—together with The Joyce Theater, New York’s preeminent dance presenter—has commissioned original works from a number of prominent North American and international choreographers, including Indomitable Waltz by Aszure Barton, Tabula Rasa by Ohad Nahrin and Ocaso by Osnel Delgado, all three of which will be presented in the company’s Mondavi Center debut.
Cuban
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/malpaso-dance-company
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 • Wed 5/6/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Lara Downes & Friends: A Celebration of Judy Collins Featuring Judy Collins

Folk, Americana/Roots, Cover/Tribute Band/Performer
Genre-fluid performing artist Lara Downes welcomes to the Mondavi Center the iconic musician, activist and innovator, Judy Collins. This special tribute celebrates Collins’ remarkable 50-year musical legacy with performances of her own original compositions and the songs she has made famous—“Both Sides Now,” “Suzanne,” “Send In the Clowns,” and many more. Collins’ luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 55-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The evening will include special guests Helga Davis and other leading female artists, including rising-star alumnae of the illustrious Mondavi Center national Young Artists Competition.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $17.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/lara-downes-friends-celebration-judy-collins
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 • Thu 5/7/20 at 8pm-10pm 

Cho-Liang Lin, violin & Jon Kimura Parker, piano: Inspired by America

Classical
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is known for virtuosity and a taste for adventurous programming, as well as championing composers of our time. For his Mondavi Center debut, Lin pairs with pianist Jon Kimura Parker in a program inspired by America, featuring Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2, Dvorák’s Violin Sonatina and Copland’s Sonata for Violin. Having performed as soloist with virtually every major orchestra in the world, he has also served on the faculty of his alma mater, The Juilliard School. Parker has worked extensively with Lin, and is equally musically adventurous, branching into jazz, tango and work with The Police’s drummer Stewart Copeland.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $32.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/cho-liang-lin-violin-jon-kimura-parker-piano
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 • Fri 5/8/20 at 8pm-10pm 

John Beasley's MONK'estra: MONK + MONK’estra: A Cinematic Concert Experience

Film, Jazz
Coming on the heels of a world premiere at Walt Disney Hall, MONK + MONK’estra is a cinematic experience that draws on rare performance footage to bring the idiosyncratic genius of the pianist, composer and cultural icon to life on a screen above the band. Under the masterful direction of Grammy-nominated pianist, arranger and composer John Beasley, the 15-piece MONK’estra captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music in fresh arrangements flavored with contemporary sounds that range from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop.
Music
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/john-beasleys-monkestra
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 • Sat 5/9/20 at 8pm-10pm 

An Evening with David Sedaris

comedy, humor, radio
Expect uncontrollable laughter in the presence of “the master of satire” and author of Me Talk Pretty One Day. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is not only a New York Times best-seller, the audio version was also nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category. There are over ten million copies of his books in print.
humorist;radio;autobiography;National Public Radio;NPR;David Sedaris;
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: $13.50 and up
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/evening-david-sedaris
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 • Wed 5/13/20 at 7pm-9pm 

Sonia De Los Santos

World
Sonia De Los Santos was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and in 2007 started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award–winning group Dan Zanes & Friends. De Los Santos has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin children’s music artists you should know” and her music has been featured on NBC’s Visiones, Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner among others. This season, she gives her first solo performance at the Mondavi Center, uniting people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and of all ages, through music.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $12.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/sonia-de-los-santos
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 • Sun 5/31/20 at 2pm-4pm 

Alexander String Quartet 4 The Complete Shostakovich String Quartets - Year Two

Chamber Music, Classical
Shostakovich Quartet No. 14
Shostakovich Quartet No. 15
Dmitri Shostakovich
The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.
Event Info: (530) 754-2787
Price: Prices start at $32.50
Event Website: https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2019-20/alexander-string-quartet-4-0
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 • Sun 6/7/20 at 7pm-9pm