Weekender: Winter Concerts On Tap, Including Alexander String Quartet

Regional Art; Plays

Alexander String Quarter with Robert Greenberg, in suits and holding instruments
The Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg will play at the Mondavi Center this weekend. Tickets are still available. (Courtesy photo)

Otto Lee and Friends concert is free

Thursday, Jan. 12, 12:05 – 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, UC Davis, Shinkoskey noon concert, free

Dark man in dark context
Otto Lee (Courtesy photo)

String Quartet with Robert Greenberg Sunday


Chamber Music of Antonin Dvořák

Sunday, Jan. 15, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Op. 96 “American” 

String Quintet in E Major, Op. 97  

Run time: 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission

See a video here.

A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the Alexander String Quartet is equally beloved in its second home, the Mondavi Center. This year the quartet appears with violist David Samuel joining cellist Sandy Wilson, and violinists Fred Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo.

All Alexander String Quartet performances (there is one in April too) will take place in Jackson Hall and will feature Robert Greenberg's lecture on each piece followed by a full performance of the same piece. More here.

Greenberg has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. He is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994. 

The Chamber Music of Antonin Dvořák  

No 19th century composer wrote chamber music more joyful, more melodically brilliant, more accessible, and more compositionally sound than the Bohemian born and bred Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904). Protégé of Johannes Brahms, father of nine children (all with his first and only wife); beloved teacher, conductor, violinist, and pianist, Dvořák was perhaps, along with Joseph Haydn, the nicest, kindest, least neurotic person ever to become a major composer. Like Haydn, Dvořák created a body of musical work remarkable for its straightforward expressive content, its humor, humanity, grace and technical polish. 

Treasure Island — A Musical Adventure at Woodland Opera House

Jan. 13 – 22, Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., Woodland Opera House, 340 Second Street, Woodland, 95695

Tickets on sale online at www.woodlandoperahouse.org and at the Box Office (530) 666-9617. Located at 340 Second Street, hours are: Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Opera House is located in historic downtown Woodland, just 20 minutes from Sacramento. Many wonderful shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the theatre.  

A mother and daughter art exhibition at The Artery

Through Jan. 30, meet the artists reception is Friday, Jan. 13, 7 – 9 p.m.                     

The Artery is pleased to present the second installment of a special mother and daughter art exhibit: Continuing on the Path. Painter and sculptor Cathie James-Robinson and painter Amanda Cadelago each bring their unique style to this show.

Cathie offers her interpretation of nature in all forms, from 2D to 3D. She exhibits detailed paintings with companion clay sculptures, focusing on local habitats and wildlife. 

Amanda’s vibrant paintings span the outdoors from trails to waterways. Primarily set in the Sacramento region, each piece invites the viewer to go on an adventure or just sit and take in the splendor. 

Find more information here.

The Artery is an artist owned and operated cooperative gallery of Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts. Founded in 1974, their mission is to provide public access to high quality artisan-made work created by their 50+ members. They are located at 207 G Street, Davis.

Bookworks: 10 Years of Acquisitions at Legion of Honor

Jan. 14 – April 16

Beginning in the 1970s, Chicagoans Reva and David Logan assembled a remarkable collection of modern artist-illustrated books, which they gave to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1998. The collection resides in the home for works on paper, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, forming the core of our extensive holding of these hybrid works of art. This exhibition, together with the inaugural exhibition in the Legion of Honor’s new works on paper gallery, presents recent gifts from the Logan family and other generous donors, as well as recent museum purchases. Highlights include two books illustrated by Pablo Picasso and important contemporary works. These recent additions strengthen and extend our collection of this vibrant and engaging artform, the artist’s book.

Together, the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park make up the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Opened in 1895, the de Young is home to American art from the 17th century through today, textile arts and costumes, African art, Oceanic art, arts of the Americas, and international contemporary art. Opened in 1924, the Legion of Honor showcases European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, ancient art, graphic arts and contemporary art.

Find more information and purchase tickets here

Coming Up

Kineko Barbini, Violin, and I-Hui Chen, Piano at noon concert

Thursday, Jan. 19, 12:05 – 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert, free

The program features Kineko Barbini, violin and I-Hui Chen, piano and UC Davis lecturer in music and includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Twelve Variations in C Major on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”, Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor and Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, op.20. Read more here.

Winter Season Celebration at Manetti Shrem Jan. 29

Sunday, January 29, 2:30 – 5 p.m., with a featured conversation at 3:30 p.m., free

Celebrate the museum’s new season and Professor Emeritus Mike Henderson’s return to campus with the public opening of Mike Henderson: Before the Fire, 1965–1985. Led by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, the homecoming festivities honor Henderson's contributions to painting, film, music and teaching, and feature a special conversation between the artist and Chancellor May.

Winter exhibitions include Loie Hollowell: Tick Tock Belly Clock, Roy De Forest: Habitats for Travelers and Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum.

Read the full story about Henderson and the upcoming exhibition here

Art for the People: WPA-Era Paintings from the Djikstra Collection at the Crocker

Jan 29 – May 7, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Painting of people working
Ribak, from Crocker: Louis Ribak (American, born Lithuania (now Belarus), 1902–1980),, Hooverville on East Tenth Street, circa 1934. Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. Collection of Sandra and Bram Djikstra

During the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Era, artists sought to make their art accessible to regular, everyday people. Many artists focused on the people themselves, especially laborers, the poor, and the disenfranchised. They also featured urban and rural built environments, contemporary modes of transportation, and other subjects that artists found close at hand, both on the farm and in the city. Overall, WPA-era artists aimed to undermine elitism, reject overt foreign influence, and avoid confusing abstraction, all to communicate a clear narrative and create what they saw as a shared American experience through art. This exhibition, drawn from the collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra, includes work from the American East, Midwest, and West and showcases the artists’ divergent political views but collective interest in humanity.

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