Weekender: Alexander String Quartet and Auburn Symphony Fill Mondavi with Music Sunday

Auburn Symphony pianist
Auburn Symphony will perform Sunday. (Photo/J. Yang Chen)

The Alexander String Quartet is back at the Mondavi Center Sunday, May 19, as Alexander String Quartet 3 explores the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 5 and 6 on this program. Tickets for a 2 p.m. and a 7 p.m. performance and additional information here.

Alexander String Quartet
The Alexander String Quartet will perform Sunday.

At 3 p.m., The Auburn Symphony: Majesty at the Mondavi brings:

Tchaikovsky Marche slave  
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"  
Respighi Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome

Round-trip bus tickets from Auburn are available to purchase from the Auburn Symphony: $25. All information on upcoming events here.

Not to be forgotten, the Thursday Shinkoskey Noon Concert features Anyssa Neumann on piano. Luigi Dallapiccola’s Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera as well as works by J.S. Bach and others.

At the Pitzer.

Get a second bite at the 'Apple' 

Located in Davis, "Second Bite: The Wisdom of the Apple" is a large scale art installation that uses nearly 100 Macs to revisit the story of Eve, the Snake and Forbidden Knowledge. It is a modern portrait of Eve and a celebration of women.

Thanks to a grant from the City of Davis Arts and Culture program, the art is open to the public from 7-10 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through May 31. The interactive show is at 1930 5th St. (warehouse of Omsoft Technologies), Davis. Weighing 1,700 pounds and drawing 50 amps of power, the installation is programed to start and stop at appointed times. More details in this arts blog story.

Sign up for a Musical

The Department of Theatre and Dance will hold auditions for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill ’s masterpiece, “The Threepenny Opera,” on May 20 and 21 from 6-10 p.m. in Arena Theatre, Wright Hall. The auditions will be held in conjunction for those for the Ground and Field Theatre Festival. 

Auditions are open to all UC Davis students, faculty and staff.  Prepare 16 bars to sing. Bring headshot and resume.  The production will be directed by Peter Lichtenfels. A gripping, macabre masterpiece, “The Threepenny Opera” is a criticism of capitalism and middle class morality set in a world of corrupt money and unpunished evil. It is one of the most produced works of music theater worldwide. Weill’s celebrated score parodies operatic conventions and embraces the musical styles of jazz, period dance music, and cabaret. 

An iconic 20th century musical, “The Threepenny Opera” is a story of love and sexual intrigue written by Brecht, a key leftwing playwright, with music by his brilliant collaborator Weill. The musical introduced the famous song “Mack the Knife,” and the infamous and threatening character of Macheath. It was originally written at a time when they didn’t know what the future was, and they had no past. The play poses the contemporary question “What is it like when life has no certainty?” How can they sustain a deviant high. 

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