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School Matinee Series

Mondavi Center’s School Matinee Series offers an extraordinary opportunity for students to experience the magic of live performance first hand. We have designed these matinee performances to complement and enhance K–12 curriculum, giving students entertaining, as well as informative, access to world class multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary artists. To help prepare for a visit to the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, free CueSheet teacher guides are available to download.

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Pre-Matinee Classroom Talks

This is a program managed by Friends of Mondavi Center, our donor-based volunteer support organization. Friends schedule school visits to classrooms attending specially selected school matinees to support the instructor’s preparation for students that are attending the performance. Docent Guides for each matinee are researched and written by Friends and distributed to the docents. A Classroom Talk lasts approximately 30 minutes. Every effort is made to satisfy the requests of schools regardless of distance (usually within 90 minutes of UC Davis). Events that offer a Pre-Matinee Classroom Talk are noted below.

For more information on the individual events, please download our School Matinee Brochure

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NOTE:  2018–19 School Matinees go on sale June 1.



​Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Thursday, October 25, 2018  CANCELED
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades K–12
Pre-Matinee Classroom Talk Offered

Cirque Mechanics
42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Monday, October 29, 2018 - SOLD OUT
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades K–12

Friday, November 2, 2018
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades 4–12  

Akram Khan Company
Chotto Desh 
Monday, November 5, 2018
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades 4–12  LIMITED AVAILABILITY
​Pre-Matinee Classroom Talk Offered

7 Fingers Cirque
Monday, February 11, 2019
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades K–12
Pre-Matinee Classroom Talk Offered

Words Take Wing 
Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature
In Partnership with the UC Davis School of Education 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades 4–8

Monday, April 15, 2019
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades K–12
Pre-Matinee Classroom Talk Offered

Alexander String Quartet
Monday, May 20, 2019
​11AM ● Jackson Hall
Recommended for grades 6–12 LIMITED AVAILABILITY


To Order

2018-19 School Matinees on sale June 1

Download the school matinee ticket order form and mail to the address below:

Download Form

Mondavi Center Ticket Office
Attn: Group Sales
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8543

Parking: $9/vehicle*
Processing Fee: $8 with each order

*Parking price is valid through June 30, 2018. Parking fee not required for buses.

A purchase order must be submitted with all invoice requests.

Contact Us

For information on ticketing:

Kelly Kim
Event Supervisor and Group Sales

For information on SMAT programs:

Jennifer Mast 
Arts Education Coordinator