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).
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.
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Andante for Strings
Peter Lieberson: The Six Realms (Cello Concerto) with Anssi Karttunen
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Israel’s leading cultural exports, Mayumana combines custom-made musical instruments, massive video art projections and performers in constant motion. Currents is inspired by the historic “Battle of Currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest to find new energy sources for the world.