Aladdin, {LOVE/logic}, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, Alexander String Quartet, Colin Hay, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Banjo-rama and more! - May 16-22 2019

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A promotional photo showing Aladdin and Jasmine facing each other.

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. See why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is “exactly what you wish for!”

A phot showing Len Cariou and "Broadway and the Bard" in marquis  lights.

Universally-acclaimed stage and screen veteran Len Cariou gives full voice to an idea that he has harbored since his first Broadway season. In this one-man show, Cariou combines his two great loves — Shakespeare and American Musical Comedy — into one rich and diverse tapestry with classical soliloquies and sonnets and inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way.

Cariou is a distinguished member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and Tony Award winner for his legendary performance as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  Offstage, he currently stars as Henry Reagan (Tom Selleck’s father) on the hit CBS series Blue Bloods. He also recently starred as Cardinal Law in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight.

The leading characters of the play, a man and a woman standing back to back.

At a European conference, theoretical physicist Daniel is set to debate the parity of the universe against the formidable Browen, an attractive physicist. Prior to the debate, they meet in a Swiss train hallway, where each is unable to pass the other due to a series of ridiculous coincidences. Meanwhile in California, Daniel’s manipulative twin brother makes an unusual proposal to the woman he loves, setting up a parallel showdown between love and logic.

Note: This show features adult themes and situations.

A pronmotional graphic for the show in the form if a wedding invitation, featuring a big red heart.

You’re invited to Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding!

This is an audience participation production, where the audience members are “guests” of the wedding party.  Audience members will have the opportunity to join in on the festivities and family fun.

Since opening its original New York City run in 1988, this fun, zany, quick-paced, and highly interactive theatrical experience has won over the hearts of thousands of people in over 200 cities worldwide.

Appropriate for ages 12 and over.


Colin Hay wearing black and sporting a goatee, stading in front of the members of his band.Colin Hay
Friday, May 17
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The former frontman for Australian rock group Men at Work is on tour in support of his latest solo album, “Fierce Mercy,” which has been hailed as his best solo effort to date.  With 80’s fame and indie credibility, Hay proves his talent has only grown over the years. And, his inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to the Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.

An orange and blue logo featuring the band's name and the name of the tour.Tedeschi Trucks Band With Very Special Guest Los Lobos Signs 2019 Tour
Tuesday, May 21
Memorial Auditorium
1515 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an American blues and blues rock group based in Jacksonville, Florida, led by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The 12-member strong band carries a distinguished reputation as one of the premier live bands performing today. Trucks’ masterful guitar skills and Tedeschi’s soaring vocals and bluesy guitar shine but don’t overpower the breadth of world class musicianship on stage, a testament to the genuine respect within TTB’s ranks.

Embracing improvisation over convention, and rarely repeating a set list, the genre-defying collective have seemingly endless potential to explore any musical territory-from their own catalog of Grammy-winning originals to Sly & the Family Stone, Miles Davis, George Jones, Joe Cocker or Nina Simone.

A color-altered photo of the band on stage, featuring reds and blues.Falling In Reverse
Wednesday, May 22
Ace of Spades
1417 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

The music of Las Vegas-based rock band Falling in Reverse ranges from post-hardcore to pop punk and glam metal, with influences from hip-hop and electronica.

A promotional graphic featuring the details for the event.Sac Unplugged: Khona
Saturday, May 18
The Library of MusicLandria
2181 6th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95818

Inspired by “MTV Unplugged,” this monthly concert series features acoustic performances by outstanding local musicians. Each performance is recorded live and preserved on VHS. No amps, no microphones, no auto-tune, just raw talent! May’s featured artist is the inspiring Khona (Molly Roy & Friends).

MusicLandria is a music instrument lending library based in Sacramento dedicated to breaking down the barriers to musical exploration.

Tickets are limited to 25 music lovers! To ensure your spot, pre-order your tickets.

Members of the band standing on a dock.The Strumbellas: Rattlesnake Tour 2019
Saturday, May 18
Ace of Spades
1417 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

The Strumbellas are a rock band from Canada, whose music has been described as alternative country, indie rock, farm emo, and gothic folk.  The six-piece collective rocketed to mainstream success a few years ago with their breakthrough hit "Spirits.”

About three dozen members of the Sacramento Banjo Band holding their banjos and wearing red-and-white striped vests, white shirts and black pants.Banjo-Rama
Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19
Lions Gate Hotel
3410 Westover Street, McClellan Park, CA 95652

This year’s Banjo-Rama will be the Sacramento Banjo Band’s 52nd consecutive year for this event. This program will feature solo, accomplished banjo players as well as several banjo bands (10-20 players) and will also include an “All-Girls” banjo band. Most banjos will be four-string instruments but will also include some five-string banjos and other instruments — i.e. guitars ukuleles, string bass, tuba, washboards.

Members of the quartet wearing mosly black, staning outside near a tree and other greenery.Alexander String Quartet 3 The Complete Shostakovich String Quartets
Sunday, May 19
2pm & 7pm
Mondavi Center (Vanderhoef Studio Theatre)
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major, op. 92
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, op. 101

The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.

Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout this concert.

Alon Goldstein sitting at the piano.The Auburn Symphony at the Mondavi: Majesty
Sunday, May 19
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Peter Jaffe, Conductor
Alon Goldstein, piano

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

The Auburn Symphony is Placer County’s premier community orchestra. This concert, featuring Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Respighi, is the symphony’s finale concert of the season. Led by Peter Jaffe and supported by an amazing level of skilled musicians from the area, the orchestra has been inspiring the community and audiences since 1987.

A close-up of Neumann.Anyssa Neumann, solo piano
Thursday, May 16
12 – 1pm
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Luigi Dallapiccola’s Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera as well as works by J.S. Bach and others.

Raised in Sacramento and based in London, pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. Recent highlights include recitals in Rome, Paris, Montreal, Ottawa, Denver, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)


a promotional graphic showing two dancers dancing.Fast Forward
Thursday, May 16 – Sunday, May 19
The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts
2700 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

Where else can the classical ballet language lead? See three short ballets that show how this art form is evolving and thriving.

Written and Forgotten Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Music: Various artists A humorous, sometimes poignant look at childhood memories, through the lens of internationally celebrated choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

The Bridge Choreography: Val Caniparoli Music: Dmitri Shostakovich “…the work seems more powerful now than in 1998, when it was made in tribute to the media-created ‘Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.’ …Like the Shostakovich string quartet it’s set to, the piece is relentlessly somber, but within the darkness skeins of deep color swirl.” Seattle Weekly, March 22, 2006 - Roger Downey

Elpis A world premiere by Artistic Director Amy Seiwert, with live music composed and performed by violist Christen Lien. Lien has constructed a concept album exploring the Greek myth of Elpis. The personification of Hope, Elpis is one of the evils created by Zeus to punish humanity. Because Elpis was the heaviest, most grievous evil, she was ordered to be the last to leave Pandora’s Box. But soon after Pandora opened the lid and the evils began to fly out, Pandora knew she made a mistake and quickly put the lid back on just when Elpis was trying to leave. In consequence, Elpis became trapped, where she has been imprisoned for thousands of years.

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