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March 2019

“We Shall Overcome” Featuring Damien Sneed – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

Five astounding singers and a quartet of musicians led by music director Damien Sneed bring together songs from Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway, as well as traditional spirituals to evoke the inspirations, struggles and triumphs of civil rights activists and defenders. 

Russian National Orchestra
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00pm

The RNO has been described as “a living symbol of the best in Russian art” (Miami Herald). This return engagement features an all-Rachmaninoff program, with pianist George Li tackling the remarkable “Rach 2”. 

Jodi Kantor
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

When Jodi Kantor, along with Megan Twohey, broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse, she sparked a movement exposing systematic abuses across industries. In a riveting program, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Kantor takes audiences behind the scenes of investigative journalism. 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Friday, March 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the world’s best-known chamber orchestra returns with pianist Jeremy Denk to perform notable firsts from its acclaimed repertoire—including the Albinoni Concerto Op. 5, No. 5 (the first piece the orchestra played at St Martin in the Fields Church in 1959). 

Vijay Iyer and Matt Haimovitz
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Cellist Matt Haimovitz, an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world, collaborates with renowned pianist and composer Vijay Iyer in a program that defies definition featuring pieces by Iyer, Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn and others. 

Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens
  • Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lawrence Brownlee’s voice has been praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression.”  Eric Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice and finely honed acting faculties to stages around the world. This vocal combination assures a rare duo performance by two exceptional musicians. 

Jazz Bands of UC Davis
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: Folk and Buddhism
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Andante for Strings
Peter Lieberson: The Six Realms (Cello Concerto) with Anssi Karttunen
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Eileen Ivers and JigJam
  • Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Get ready for great craic at our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! A free beer tasting precedes a double-bill of JigJam, which blends traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana and Grammy Award–winner Eileen Ivers, one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres.

April 2019

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

As Mondavi Center audiences know very well, a concert by “the Ukes” is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping party of rock ’n’ roll and melodious entertainment, featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices. 

John Leguizamo
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

With boundless energy and visceral creativity, John Leguizamo has created a body of work in film, theater, television and literature that defies categorization. In his Mondavi Center debut, he’ll draw from his award-winning one-man stage shows, which feature his trademark unabashed, uncensored and uninhibited take on being Latino in America.

Susan Lamb Cook, cello Faculty Recital
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Susan Lamb Cook's solo and chamber music recitals have been broadcast on Capital Public Radio, and she
performs regularly with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, and the Sacramento

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 8:00pm

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, newly installed as the RSNO’s music director, leads a crowd-pleasing program, with Olga Kern, winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, playing Rachmaninoff’s ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  

Ballet Preljocaj
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

In La Fresque, artistic director Angelin Preljocaj continues his exploration of fairy tales, plunging the audience into the fantastical world of Pu Songling’s “The Painted Wall.”  The ideas of illusion, transcendence and the place of art in today’s society are omnipresent in this contemporary adaptation for 10 dancers. 

Havana Cuba All‐Stars
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

This high-energy ensemble of exceptional Cuban musicians and dancers is dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. The American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.  

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