Sacramento Jewish Film Festival, Bolshoi Ballet, Falsettos, Muse, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Vijay Iyer & Matt Haimovitz, Music Heals and more - March 7-13 2019

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Logo for the film festival.20th Sacramento Jewish Film Festival
Thursday, March 7 – Sunday, March, 10
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The Sacramento Jewish Film Festival returns to the Crest Theater for three days of international and American film screenings, along with music, food, and discussions. Nine feature films, in multiple genres, will be shown, including a number of award winners.

Themes include the Strings of a People: Jewish Violin, Love is Love, Welcome Aboard - Becoming Jewish, The Perils of Identity and Asylum, Israeli-Palestinian Dynamics and Family and Faith in Conflict.  

Click here for a complete list of films and trailers.

Princess Aurora and the prince dancing on stage.

From the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow comes classic ballet in cinemas nationwide.

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty” features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots.  

Princess Aurora is performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.


A scene from Falsettos where the family is watching the son trying to play baseball.Broadway Sacramento presents Falsettos
Tuesday, March 12 – Sunday, March 17
Community Center Theater
1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical returned to Broadway in an all new production from Lincoln Center Theater, and was nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Falsettos is a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family…and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.


A photo portrait of Kurt Rohde.KURT ROHDE’S FAREWELL TOUR, PART 2
Thursday, March 7
12 – 1pm
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Kurt Rohde, viola UC Davis Professor of Music
Elainie Lillios: Fluid | Crystal | Vapor  for Viola and Live, Interactive Electroacoustics
Peter Van Zandt Lane: Décalcomanie No. 2  for Viola and Live Electronics
UC Davis Lecturer Sam Nichols: Imaginary Units  for Viola and Electronics
Tina Tallon: excision no. 2—they didn’t know we were seeds  for Viola and Live Electronics
UC Davis Alumnus Richard Chowenhill: crush for Amplified Viola

Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works by the most gifted composers who Rohde feels are underrepresented and deserve a wider audience. The tour also serves to broaden the repertoire for viola. This multiyear commissioning project is modeled after Cher’s decades-long farewell tours. Rohde plans to complete the project in 2028, at which time he will retire from playing in performance and donate his instrument to some talented whippersnapper who wants to play viola.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert).

A promotional graphic for the tour, showing the three members of Muse.

Described as an alternative rock, space rock and progressive rock band, Muse mixes sounds from genres such as electronic music, progressive metal and art rock and forms such as classical music and rock opera. Their latest album, “Simulation Theory,” was released on November 9th.

Widely recognized as one of the best live bands in the world, Muse has won numerous music awards including two Grammys, an American Music Award, five MTV Europe Music Awards and 10 NME Awards.

Friday, March 8
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Jean-Paul Bourelly, guitar
Sadiq Bey, vocals and electronics
With guests David Boyce (saxophone) & Kevin Carnes (drums)

Sadiq Bey began his social investigation with performance and poetry in post-insurrection Detroit’s experimental music scene with artists like Faruq Z. Bey, Kenny Cox, poet Dudley Randall and drummer, Roy Brooks.  In 2008, he received the Berlin Studio Project Award for his electronic/acoustic recording “Slow the Ear.”

Jean-Paul Bourelly is an innovative and experimental guitarist/composer who excels at blending and bending various musical styles into cohesive expression. His music is informed by the migrant community of Haiti and the southern culture of Chicago’s south side that he grew up in. His musical output spawns a diverse array of variations of funky otherness. Often fiery solo exchanges, harmonic textures, and sound constellations, characterized by a spontaneous flow of rhythmic energy.

Guests David Boyce and Kevin Carnes frequently perform with the Broun Fellinis in the Bay Area.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra posing on stage.Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Friday, March 8
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Jeremy Denk, piano

Albinoni Concerto Op. 5, No. 5 in A Minor 
C.P.E. Bach Symphony in E-flat Major, H. 654 
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414 
Britten Young Apollo for Piano and Strings 
Haydn Symphony No. 44 in E Minor, “Mourning”

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) and Piano Concerto No. 12, the first Mozart piano concerto recorded by the Academy.

Vijay Iyer and Matt HaimovitzVijay Iyer and Matt Haimovitz
Sunday, March 10
2pm & 7pm
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Cellist Matt Haimovitz, an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world, collaborates with renowned pianist and composer Vijay Iyer in a program that truly defies definition. Repertoire from Iyer’s catalogue, plus the music of Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn and others, flow seamlessly, creating a night of unprecedented virtuosity and depth. Duets are the centerpiece but expect solo performances by each of these mesmerizing players.

Portraits of Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens.Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens
Monday, March 11
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee’s voice has been praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression,” and earned him Male Singer of the Year awards from both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack. Bass-baritone Eric Owens is an esteemed interpreter of classical works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital and operatic repertoire, 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.

A student playing a guitar.JAZZ COMBOS OF UC DAVIS
Tuesday, March 12
12 – 1:30pm
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Works by Snarky Puppy, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Jacám Manricks and the American Songbook.


A logo for the Music Heals concert.Music Heals Benefit Concert For Community Affected By The Camp Fire
Wednesday, March 13
Harris Center
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

The devastation from the Camp Fire will be felt throughout the communities affected for a very long time. Music Heals at Harris Center in Folsom is one of the many benefit concerts organized for the sole purpose of providing funds directly to the families that have endured the most destructive fire in California State history. The proceeds from this concert will be sent directly to the North Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Chico for the benefit of those directly impacted by the Camp Fire.

Music Heals welcomes the Laurie Morvan Band, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Daniel Castro, Mighty‑Mike Schermer, and special guest Roy Rogers, all of whom are donating their time and talents for this show! Please join in for this fantastic night of music featuring some of the best Blues and Americana musicians from California. When the doors open for this event, beer and wine will be available for purchase prior to the show and during intermission. This beverage service will also be donating these proceeds to the North Valley Community Foundation.


Jan Schnurr's work called Mirror's Room, which has lots of circles of varying sizes.  Purples and pinks.Jan Schnurr: Color Shape/Pattern Play
Friday, March 8 – Friday, April 5
Pence Gallery
212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616

Many of her abstract two-dimensional works focus on creating patterns with geometric and organic shapes. These repeated shapes often include rust stains, left by found metal bits of hardware. Newer work delves into the balance between change and control, by encouraging random color mixing of ink drops in bright hues.

The artist comes from a family of gifted quilters, embroiderers, and seamstresses. Early on, she realized that her choice of abstract patterns linked her to a long line of female artisans who were responsible for creating a beautiful home through textiles and clothing. Schnurr’s multi-layered process of creating her two-dimensional mixed media pieces includes pastel drawing as well as paint techniques of pouring, washing, layering, rusting and staining with teas. Rather than applying paint with a brush, she encourages color mixing, bleeding, and staining. Thus her process mirrors her belief in the concept of wabi-sabi, as she says, “my art celebrates the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

Jan Schnurr has an MA in Art Studio from California State University Sacramento, and currently resides in Napa. Her work is in private collections in California and has been exhibited widely in the Northern California region.

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