MAIN STAGE DANCE-THEATRE FESTIVAL: Costumed students took to the streets of Davis for Eric Kuper’s Catch Cradle in last year’s festival. For this year’s festival, entirely indoors, three graduate students from diverse backgrounds are joining six undergraduate students to present new work in a broad mix of choreographic styles, from classical to contemporary. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. April 12 (preview), 13, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. April 14 (Picnic Day) and 22, all in Main Theatre. Tickets: Mondavi Center box office, (530) 754-2787 or (866) 754-2787, or www.mondaviarts.org.
THE MUSIC OF WEST JAVA: The Department of Music announced two programs of the music of West Java, Indonesia:
- April 17 -- Noon Concert, featuring tembang Sunda, a genre of highly ornamented and technically virtuosic Sundanese vocal music accompanied by a core ensemble of kacapi (zither) and suling (end-blown bamboo flute). Free. 115 Music Building.
- April 21 -- Gamelan Music and Dance, featuring more tembang Sunda, plus the San Jose-based Pusaka Sunda gamelan degung ensemble and the debut of the UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble. Gamelan describes music primarily from bronze percussion instruments. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: (530) 754-2787 or (866) 754-2787, or www.mondaviarts.org.
'QUEEN' OF THE CELLO: The San Francisco Chronicle calls her "queen" of the cello. The New Yorker calls her "The Cello Goddess." She is Maya Beiser, and she is scheduled to share her contemporary brand of music in a New Music series event set for April 13 at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Her work transcends musical boundaries, with inclusion of vocals, video imagery, lighting effects and recorded elements. For her Mondavi concert, she has selected a program called World to Come, including works by Arvo Part, Osvaldo Golijov and Steve Reich. The concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall.
MORE AT THE MONDAVI:
Shemekia Copeland -- Blues singer and her four-piece band, part of the Mondavi Center's American Heritage Series. 8 p.m. April 20, Jackson Hall.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra -- 8 p.m. April 21, Jackson Hall. Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto and Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, the Inextinguishable. Preperformance lecture, 7 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. (Limited ticket availability.)
Alice -- Stage adaptation of the children's book of the same title by Whoopi Goldberg, whose character Alice is a smart and sassy urban teen who wins a mysterious sweepstakes. With her best friends in tow -- an invisible white rabbit and a card-playing misfit with a thing for big floppy hats -- Alice sets off to claim her prize, only to discover the friendships in life are what counts. Alice is a touring production of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Imagination Celebration program. 3 p.m. April 22, Jackson Hall, as part of the Mondavi Center's Family Series, and 11 a.m. April 23 (sold out) as part of the School Matinee Series.