School Matinee Series
If you think a little thing like a world-wide pandemic and school closures would stop the Mondavi Center from interacting with and serving our schools, think again! We are pleased to announce our Mondavi Center Virtual Events series. And even more pleased to announce that due to support from the California Arts Council and Yolo Community Foundation, these virtual events are free of charge to teachers, schools and homeschoolers.
Calidanza Mexican Dance and Music
Recommended for grades K-6
Available December 2020- January-February 2021
A dynamic California-based Mexican dance company, Calidanza performs the unique dances and music of Mexico in four separate 20-25 minute videos, which can be shown in any order. Introductions are in Spanish and English and include insights into the performing arts. Additionally, through short (2-10 minute) optional mix-and-match activity video modules, students learn rhythmic patterns, dance steps, songs, and crafts as they also learn about Mexican culture.
Calidanza is led by artistic director Steven Valencia. A dancer, choreographer, instructor, and director for the past two decades, Valencia was honored with the 2011 Maestro Award from The Latino Arts Network of California and the California Arts Council, awarded to a singular individual who is a master of cultural practice in the arts and a leader in the community
Recommended for grades 7-12
Available February-March 2021
Adapting History is an oral telling of American music through history and American history through music. From gospel to blues, jazz to R&B, America has produced some of the most innovative music of the 20th century. Although the songs are easy on the ears, their inception occurred in cultural climates that were often discordant. Musical artist Dahlak uses spoken word poetry & hip hop to narrate the sometimes tense, sometimes strained history of our nation. This musical chronicle shows that despite struggle, conflict, and misunderstanding, we can still learn, adapt, and be brilliantly creative.
Archived 20-21 Events
Recommended for grades 4-12
This event was available from November 9-December 18, 2020
This 40-minute student performance video is accompanied by a 20-minute pre-recorded question and answer video.
Black Violin enters the student virtual space with an all new, high energy, performance that takes their unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and pop to new heights. Recorded at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Florida, this engaging, high definition multi-camera video covers themes of perseverance, exploration and unity with songs like Rise, Unbreakable, Believer, Dreamer and Impossible is Possible. Embedded in the performance is a message for students and educators about challenging stereotypes and status quo conventions, and that pathways to success require commitment, practice and unwavering dedication. During a separate pre-recorded question and answer session, Black Violin discusses their personal history, their journey to the stage, and their plans to continue their mission with their non-profit organization, Black Violin Foundation.
We hope to offer additional virtual events during the 2020-21 school year. Check back here for updates, or email Jennifer Mast at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a distribution list for future events.