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Events
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8 – 10pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Lara Downes

Limited ticket availability.

Pianist Lara Downes performs a special concert in commemoration of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein centennial (one of three events honoring Bernstein in the Mondavi Center's 2017-18 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 by prominent composers who are profoundly connected to his body of work, Downes’ program is a uniquely personal tribute to Bernstein.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Friday, January 26, 2018 | 8 – 10pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Circa Contemporary Circus: "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 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 one another against a stark black wall, precariously lifting, holding, levitating and falling, their movements driven by the forces of desire, devastation and absence.

A powerful vision of humanity and compassion…a luminous new work.

—The Australian

Q&A Session
Friday, Jan 26 - Jackson Hall - Post-Performance
Circa: Il Ritorno
Moderator: Ruth Rosenberg

Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8 – 10pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thierry Fischer 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 — Fountains of Rome
  • Liszt — Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Stravinsky — Petrushka (1911)
Preperformance: Uncorked, featuring wines from Grgich Hills Estate, 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 3 – 5pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Circa Contemporary Circus: "Carnival of the Animals"

Feathers, fur and fins — oh my! Camille Saint-Saëns’ beloved musical suite inspires this thrilling escapade in which animals of land and sea will tumble, fly, leap and spin — as performed by a contemporary circus company of seven acrobats, two singers and four musicians, along with delightful animations (including juggling zebras, street-smart elephants and somersaulting kangaroos).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 2 – 4pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Living Earth Show: "Revision/s"

Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

Works by Sir Edward Elgar—

Introduction and Allegro
Jolán Friedhoff and Dagenais Smiley, violin
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and Susan Lamb Cook, cello

Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”), op. 36

For string quartet and string orchestra only, Introduction and Allegro is evocative of a Baroque concerto grosso with demanding, soloistic parts playing with and against a full-sounding string orchestra. The work was composed for a concert of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1905, then in its infancy. The piece is meant to showcase the string-players abilities of the orchestra, and the Allegro section features, in Elgar’s words, a “devil of a fugue.”

Elgar wrote of the Enigma Variations: “Its dark saying must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the variations and the theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes’ but is not played.” In other words, Elgar varied the typical practice itself of a theme and variation—a common enough compositional practice—by writing a set of variations upon a theme (“its dark saying”) that the listener never really hears. Each variation is instead a counterpoint to that enigmatic theme. Although Elgar said only the composer knew the Enigma melody, plenty of individuals have proposed answers, from a minor version of Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star to a theme presented in Brahms’s Fourth Symphony to Elgar’s own signature E-minor leitmotif. What is known, however, are the variations are representative of his friends. In fact the dedication of the piece reads, “My Friends Pictured Within.” The Nimrod variation is easily the most famous and most often extracted variation of the set, and represents Elgar’s friend, editor, and critic Augustus Jaeger. The name Nimrod is actually a character from the Old Testament, a mighty hunter. In German, Jäger means hunter—which, although seemingly cryptic, makes the connection between the Nimrod variation and Augustus Jaeger clear.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7 – 9pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Living Earth Show: "Revision/s"

Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

Works by Sir Edward Elgar—

Introduction and Allegro
Jolán Friedhoff and Dagenais Smiley, violin
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and Susan Lamb Cook, cello

Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”), op. 36

For string quartet and string orchestra only, Introduction and Allegro is evocative of a Baroque concerto grosso with demanding, soloistic parts playing with and against a full-sounding string orchestra. The work was composed for a concert of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1905, then in its infancy. The piece is meant to showcase the string-players abilities of the orchestra, and the Allegro section features, in Elgar’s words, a “devil of a fugue.”

Elgar wrote of the Enigma Variations: “Its dark saying must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the variations and the theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes’ but is not played.” In other words, Elgar varied the typical practice itself of a theme and variation—a common enough compositional practice—by writing a set of variations upon a theme (“its dark saying”) that the listener never really hears. Each variation is instead a counterpoint to that enigmatic theme. Although Elgar said only the composer knew the Enigma melody, plenty of individuals have proposed answers, from a minor version of Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star to a theme presented in Brahms’s Fourth Symphony to Elgar’s own signature E-minor leitmotif. What is known, however, are the variations are representative of his friends. In fact the dedication of the piece reads, “My Friends Pictured Within.” The Nimrod variation is easily the most famous and most often extracted variation of the set, and represents Elgar’s friend, editor, and critic Augustus Jaeger. The name Nimrod is actually a character from the Old Testament, a mighty hunter. In German, Jäger means hunter—which, although seemingly cryptic, makes the connection between the Nimrod variation and Augustus Jaeger clear.

Monday, February 5, 2018 | 4 – 5pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
The Forum@MC with Janet Mock: "Reimagining Home"

The 2017-18 Campus Community Book Project, featuring Janet Mock's Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, invites you to a panel discussion — free and open to the public — with the author. The topic of the discussion will be "Reimagining Home: Support Networks and LGBTQIA+ Communities." The panel will include:

  • Janet Mock, featured Campus Community Book Project author
  • Anoosh Jorjorian, Yolo Rainbow Families
  • Cecily Nelson-Alford, Director, Women's Resources and Research Center
  • Mat Talton, undergraduate scholar, Genetics & Genomics and Plant Biology & Community Coordinator, LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
  • Joanna Villegas, Office Coordinator, LGBTQIA+ Resource Center 
  • Moderator: Bruce Smail, Director, Cross Cultural Center
For more information on the Campus Community Book Project, please visit ccbp.ucdavis.edu

Monday, February 5, 2018 | 8 – 10pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Janet Mock

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.

Q&A Session
Monday, Feb 5 - Jackson Hall - Post-Performance
Janet Mock: Redefining Realness
CAMPUS COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECT
Moderator: Scott Syphax, President, Syphax Strategic Solutions; Host and Co-Executive Producer of Studio Sacramento, on PBS affiliate KVIE.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 8 – 10pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
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.

Pre-Performance Talk
Wednesday, Feb 7 - Jackson Hall - 7pm
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Stephen Hough in conversation with Don Roth

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 8 – 10pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Bill Charlap Trio with Cécile McLorin Salvant

Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein
Mondavi Center Presenting Program
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.

Pre-Performance Talk
Friday, Feb 9 - Jackson Hall - 7pm
Bill Charlap Trio with Cecile McLorin Salvant
Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein
Speaker:  Jeremy Ganter, Associate Executive Director & Director of Programming, Mondavi Center, UC Davis

Uncorked Event  An Uncorked Event, featuring wines from Robert Mondavi Winery.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 3 – 5pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
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!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 12 – 1pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Active Aggies Mobile

Staff, faculty, students and retirees: Finding it difficult to squeeze in time for your workout? No problem! Join this 10-week, Tuesday-and-Thursday, instructor-led exercise and fitness class that will focus on strength, flexibility and endurance. Starts Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets every Tuesday and Thursdays through March 22 (with the exception of Feb. 22). Registration required, online.

A Monday-Wednesday class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17. See separate listing.

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