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Events
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 12:10 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Gentle Yoga

This four-part, relaxing yoga series caters to all abilities, with a focus on breathing, stretches and poses. Learn more about improving your well-being through movement. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat, blanket or towel. 12:10-1 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 6-27. Instructor: Kia Meaux.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 2pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Alexander String Quartet 1

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.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Alexander String Quartet 1

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.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera

Since its inception in 2010, Rising Stars of Opera has featured vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow; and every ticket has been free to the public thanks to Barbara K. Jackson. This year’s concert is being held on the Centennial of Barbara’s birth.  Seven wonderful young singers, whom Barbara sponsored as Adler Fellows, are joining us to honor her life, her memory and her generosity. Barbara loved opera best of all music and these singers will perform a wide range of great arias in recital and with full orchestral accompaniment from our own UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
I'm With Her

For Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, what began as an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado, became the spark that formed I’m With Her, sending the trio of Americana multi-instrumentalists on a worldwide tour. Along the way, a special, family-like chemistry developed, garnering acclaim for the trio’s unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies “that could be sweetly ethereal, as tightly in tandem as the Everly Brothers or as hearty as mountain gospel” (The New York Times). Their debut album, See You Around, was released in February 2018.

Opening Act: The Brother Brothers
The Brother Brothers are an acoustic duo (David on cello and guitar; Adam on the five-string fiddle) that leans towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, and bluegrass traditions. their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies or unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements.  With individual storied music careers under their belts, the brothers have finally teamed up to bring their experiences together.

Monday, October 8, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Preet Bharara

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors” (The New York Times), with a special focus on big banks, terrorists, hedge funds and public corruption. Since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, Bharara has kept busy as a distinguished scholar in residence at the NYU School of Law, as the creator of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, focusing on justice and fairness, and as an outspoken Twitter presence.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Marquis Hill Blacktet

The first thing you note about trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is his tone: warm, precise and so unlike the brittle winters in his hometown of Chicago. A winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2014, Hill has pursued performance and pedagogy in equal measure, releasing a string of intriguing recordings while fitting in teaching stints throughout the Midwest. Hill’s longtime quintet, dubbed the Blacktet, provides the power and drive to underpin a font of melodic and rhythmic ideas that embrace hard bop, R&B, hip hop and soul.

Event Info:
** Note Wednesday Showing begins at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Marquis Hill Blacktet

The first thing you note about trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is his tone: warm, precise and so unlike the brittle winters in his hometown of Chicago. A winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2014, Hill has pursued performance and pedagogy in equal measure, releasing a string of intriguing recordings while fitting in teaching stints throughout the Midwest. Hill’s longtime quintet, dubbed the Blacktet, provides the power and drive to underpin a font of melodic and rhythmic ideas that embrace hard bop, R&B, hip hop and soul.

Event Info:
** Note Wednesday Showing begins at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Marquis Hill Blacktet

The first thing you note about trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is his tone: warm, precise and so unlike the brittle winters in his hometown of Chicago. A winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2014, Hill has pursued performance and pedagogy in equal measure, releasing a string of intriguing recordings while fitting in teaching stints throughout the Midwest. Hill’s longtime quintet, dubbed the Blacktet, provides the power and drive to underpin a font of melodic and rhythmic ideas that embrace hard bop, R&B, hip hop and soul.

Event Info:
** Note Wednesday Showing begins at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Julie Fowlis

For an artist who will forever be known for “Touch the Sky,” the stirring theme song from the Disney/Pixar film Brave, Julie Fowlis is anything but a one-hit wonder. Fowlis, a native of the Outer Hebrides, is one of the preeminent modern interpreters of traditional Gaelic songs and a deeply knowledgeable scholar of Highland and Gaelic culture. Her latest album, alterum, is a continued exploration of those storied traditions and further evidence of her unique gift. Following a sold-out run in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre in 2015, we are pleased to welcome her to Jackson Hall.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Marquis Hill Blacktet

The first thing you note about trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is his tone: warm, precise and so unlike the brittle winters in his hometown of Chicago. A winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2014, Hill has pursued performance and pedagogy in equal measure, releasing a string of intriguing recordings while fitting in teaching stints throughout the Midwest. Hill’s longtime quintet, dubbed the Blacktet, provides the power and drive to underpin a font of melodic and rhythmic ideas that embrace hard bop, R&B, hip hop and soul.

Event Info:
** Note Wednesday Showing begins at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway

An accomplished flutist, Lady Jeanne Galway continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. One of the leading flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway brings to the audience her unique style and elegance. Globally renowned as the ultimate interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends musical boundaries. His uniquely expressive interpretations span an extensive range of genres, from classical masterworks to high-profile commissions. He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings and partnered with such popular artists as Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John. The diversity of Galway’s repertoire reflects his impressive musical range and has served to establish him as an artist of the very highest stature.

An Uncorked Event, featuring wines from Hendry Winery.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
SFJAZZ Collective

An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master—and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. The challenge this year? Picking only eight songs from the massive catalog of bossa nova master Antônio Carlos Jobim, which includes the smash hits “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Desafinado” and “Corcovado.” Whatever the repertoire, one thing is certain: The SFJAZZ Collective packs intelligence, humor, virtuosity and emotion into every performance.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Company Wang Ramirez

Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang create dance-theater works that are deeply rooted in hip hop and street culture, but also thrive on blending different artistic traditions to enlightening artistic effect. Created for six performers—five dancers and an aerial rigger—Borderline is a series of stunning and intimate vignettes about human relationships, love and hate, joy and sorrow, and how the dialogue between technique and creativity takes flight. The performers thwart gravity and defy borders with movements both poetic and primal, set to an atmospheric original soundtrack that incorporates electronica, spoken word and trance guitar.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Inspired at a young age to rescue the historic dance traditions of Mexico, Amalia Hernández founded the Ballet Folklórico de México in 1952 with the goal of sharing the beauty of the universe in motion through Mexican dance. From the pre-Columbian era to the Hispanic viceroy period and the revolutionary years, her ballets transport audiences on a journey from the present through the past—the lords of heaven and earth come back to life, as well as the jaguars and the gods born of human flesh—disseminating rich Mexican tradition and folklore throughout the world.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 2pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Cirque Mechanics

Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. Inspired by the traditional diameter of a circus ring, 42FT showcases the timelessness of this evolving art form. The company’s latest invention features a story full of the lore of the one-ring circus and creates a welcoming place, like a big top, where we can be amazed by a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats and aerialists.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 6pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Open Mic Nights@MC

Singers, Poets & Emcees:
Come share your artistry with community!

Sign-ups: 5:30-6PM
Open Mic: 6-9PM

Join us in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre for a quarterly Open Mic Night. Presented in partnership with campus group Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) and the Mondavi Center for UC Davis students and community youth.

Hosted by MC CoCo Blossom with DJ Lady Char. Come ready to perform, support friends or just enjoy the show. FREE.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Nobuntu

The word “Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. This exhilarating female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe embodies their name, presenting luminous shows that feature a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean music, Afro jazz and gospel. Pure voices, minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and authentic dance are the powerful tools that these award-winning, gifted performers use to preserve their cultural heritage while also promoting positive change through the unifying power of music.

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Igor Levit, piano

Bach (arr. Brahms) Chaconne in D Minor
Busoni Fantasia after J.S. Bach
Schumann Geistervariationen (Ghost Variations)
Wagner (arr. Liszt) Parsifal: Solemn March to the Holy Grail
Liszt (arr. Busoni) Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale

Winner of Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year award in 2016, Igor Levit has established himself as “one of the essential artists of his generation” (The New York Times). Highly anticipated debuts in recent seasons include performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, and a 2017 performance on the BBC Proms’ opening night alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His debut recital at the Mondavi Center features a program rich with thematic interconnections and virtuosity.

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Nobuntu

The word “Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. This exhilarating female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe embodies their name, presenting luminous shows that feature a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean music, Afro jazz and gospel. Pure voices, minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and authentic dance are the powerful tools that these award-winning, gifted performers use to preserve their cultural heritage while also promoting positive change through the unifying power of music.

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