Mondavi Middle in 2016-17 offers wide world of music, new and elderly

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 6:27 PM

Topped by the Mondavi debut of acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, an eclectic list of internationally known artists and rising stars fills the center’s 2016-17 schedule, officially unveiled Friday, April one.

Mondavi Middle in 2016-17 offers wide world of music, new and elderly

A world of adventurous music and performers will come at the Mondavi Middle during its upcoming fifteenth season.

Topped by the Mondavi debut of acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, an eclectic list of internationally known artists and rising stars fills the center’s 2016-17 schedule, officially unveiled Friday, April one. The new season of music kicks off Sept. twenty-eight with Jazz at Lincoln Middle featuring trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Other audience favorites returning to the Mondavi Middle on the UC Davis campus comprise recitals by violinists Itzhak Perlman (Jan. fourteen) and Joshua Bell (Feb. two) as well as holiday programs by the Vienna Boys Choir (Nov. twenty-nine) and the American Bach Soloists (Dec. ten), who'll carry out George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” That mixes in the Mondavi lineup with world music from Australia’s Black Arm Band (Feb. eight), flamenco superstar Diego El Cigala (Nov. one) and the Havana Cuba All-Stars (Nov. twelve).

“This season is particularly global,” said Mondavi executive director Don Roth. “We always have performers from around the world. But this year, we've artists coming from every continent except Antarctica.”

Probably the most anticipated concert on the schedule stars performers who have among the shortest treks to obtain here: Dudamel and the L. A. Philharmonic. This world-acclaimed orchestra hasn’t appeared in the Sacramento area in thirtieth years, when André Previn conducted it at the Community Center Theater.

Dudamel will conduct Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on Nov. two. “That’s a very large program and will be a very large night,” Roth said. “It also kicks off our orchestra series.”

This scarce visit highlights an orchestra series that also features the China Philharmonic (with violinist Julian Rachlin, Dec. three), the Prague Philharmonia (with cellist Gautier Capuçon, Jan. twenty-eight), the Bruckner Orchester Linz (with violinist Robert McDuffie, Feb. eleven) and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, March eighteen).

“This is always our most favorite series,” Roth said. “Subscription sales for our orchestra series arrive near to selling out every year. We've a very loyal audience.”

In an different twist, the Austria-based Bruckner Orchester Linz will play two diametrically opposed programs on back-to-back nights. Below the direction of Dennis Russell Davies, the orchestra performs a Feb. ten program devoted to such modern American composers as Phillip Glass and Duke Ellington, followed by a more traditional night of Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber and Richard Strauss.

“That’s one of the highlights for me,” Roth said. “We have a traditional program as portion of the orchestra series plus a very contemporary concert of all American music. The Glass Symphony No. eleven is brand new; it gets its Carnegie Corridor premiere the week before.”

That also fits a second theme of the season: a mix of elderly and new.

“We have a balance of debuts and favorite returning artists,” Roth said. “Even if the huge orchestras have been here before, they’re bringing new soloists.”

Such soloist comprise violinist Nicola Benedetti, who joins the Venice Baroque Orchestra for Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (Feb. twenty-seven).

Portion of that mature mix comes with the Mondavi’s reputation for outstanding acoustics and open-minded audiences.

“Artists who have been here regularly create room for us,” Roth noted, “but also new artists know us presently and wish to come. That makes for a very exciting season.”

Some programs survey a lot of music in a single day. Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra (Jan. twenty-one) as portion of a one-day, two-program musical marathon that also features all five Mozart violin concertos, performed by five young soloists.

As a pre-holiday treat, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Middle packs Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete cycle of six Brandenburg Concertos into one night (Dec. eleven).

Likewise, Mondavi’s jazz series offers a lot of music from both rising and established stars. Besides the beloved Wynton Marsalis, the list of jazz veterans includes Aaron Diehl and Cecile McLorin Salvant (in a salute to Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin, March fourteen) and the Aziza Quartet with Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland (April five).

“We’re really excited about jazz pianist Joey Alexander (Oct. 19-22),” said Jeremy Ganter, the Mondavi’s director of programming. “He’s only twelve years elderly and has already been nominated for a Grammy.

“All of our Studio Jazz artists will be making their Mondavi debuts. That includes Creole trumpeter Etienne Charles (April 26-29) and Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda (Feb. 15-18).”

Adding spice to Mondavi’s musical mix is a season-long series of performances devoted to “India in the Artist’s Eye.”

“That series kicks off with Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India (Sept. thirty),” Roth said. “We think if people arrive out for that, they’ll wish to arrive to everything.

“These really are Indian artists working at the highest level who mightn't have had that much exposure yet in the United States.”

Dance, theater and thoughtful speakers also are woven into the packed schedule, which opens softly Sept. twenty-four with National Public Radio’s live taping of “Science Friday.” Among the featured speakers are George Takei of “Star Trek” fame and Bassem Youssef, the “Jon Stewart of Egypt.” Modern dance performances comprise that of Ronald K. Brown/Proof with choreography inspired by visits to Cuba.

Current subscribers have until April thirty to update their series. New subscribers may purchase series starting May sixteen, with single seats available July eleven.

Mondavi Middle for the Performing Arts, Univ of California, Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis

Season is Sept. 24-May twenty-one, two thousand seventeen; current subscription renewal deadline: April thirty; new subscriptions available May sixteen. Single seats available July 11.

Noon-6 p. m. Mondays-Saturdays; closed Sundays

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