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January 2019

Las Cafeteras & Villalobos Brothers
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm

Las Cafeteras, the “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip hop, beat music, cumbia and rock,” (Los Angeles Times) are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories. The Villalobos Brothers masterfully blend the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical. 

Lara Downes and Theo Blackmann
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00pm

Pianist Lara Downes and vocalist Theo Bleckmann present a duo cabaret showcasing the music of Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill. In Our Time is nostalgic yet timeless, and infused with the magnetic charisma for which Downes and Bleckmann are recognized. 

André Mehmari
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 8:00pm

Since his youth, André Mehmari’s musical sensibility has known no borders, freely flowing between Frédéric Chopin, Scott Joplin and Ernesto Nazareth. Working between Brazilian music, classical and jazz, the pianist and composer has forged a language of tremendous expressive power.  

February 2019

Douglas Abrams
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:30pm

Douglas Abrams was the perfect person to capture the shared compassionate, hopeful outlook of Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. Especially moving for the Campus Community Book Project selection committee was the book’s potential for addressing mental health and well-being topics within a larger discussion on community building.  

7 Fingers Cirque
  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

With the 7 Fingers’ Reversible, be prepared for the best in contemporary circus: moments of pure grace yielding to rushes of adrenaline, as a cast of multitalented performers travel through time and space. 

Curtis On Tour
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00pm

Curtis on Tour brings us an ensemble of four vocalists from the Curtis Opera Theatre in a program of operatic favorites. This Valentine’s Day event is packed with arias, duets and ensemble pieces, as well as gems from the Great American Songbook and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Veronica Swift with Benny Green Trio
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00pm

Veronica Swift is a fearless performer who displays deep and pure musicality in her singing and scatting. Her interplay with her fellow musicians is a hallmark of her talent; here she is matched with the remarkable hard bop pianist Benny Green and his trio. 

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. 

ASMF - Jeremy Denk
  • 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. 

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. 

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