Free Show Precedes Alan Cumming on New Date

Boy Howdy to Perform in Corin Courtyard at the Mondavi Center

Diavolo dance troupe, two dancers on cubes.
Diavolo will be dancing for well-being — ours and theirs — March 26 at Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Updated March 21: The Mondavi Center added a third Corin Courtyard Concert, March 31, then canceled the March 21 Corin concert due to the strong possibility of rain. The March 31 Corin concert will precede the Alan Cumming show, “Sings Sappy Songs,” in Jackson Hall — a show that has been rescheduled from March 30.


Get L.O.S.T. in dance with the March Well-Being Ticket Deal: $10 tickets to see Diavolo at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The discounted tickets are for staff and faculty, and you have only a 10-day window to make your purchases, March 1-10 (limit two tickets per person).

The Staff and Faculty Health and Well-Being Program and the Mondavi Center are offering $10 ticket deals like this on a monthly basis.

The Diavolo show is among more than a dozen on the Mondavi Center’s Presenting Program in March. The schedule includes three free Corin Courtyard Concerts in advance of ticketed events in Jackson Hall.

The Los Angeles-based Diavolo uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment, in visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

Diavolo: Architecture in Motion comes to the Mondavi Center with a new work, L.O.S.T. (Losing One’s Self Temporarily), celebrating the troupe’s 25th anniversary. L.O.S.T. is in two parts: Passengers, in which the dancers move fearlessly around a giant, morphing train; and Cubicle, wherein the performers further demonstrate their athleticism and grace, this time in navigating a set of huge, weighty cubes.

How to get tickets, March 1-10

  • Online — Start here for the Diavolo show. Create an account if you do not already have one, and enter the promo code DIAVOLO17 before selecting your tickets. (Look for the “Promo” box on the right side of the page, above “Purchase Instructions.”) Then, the seats you select will be marked $10.
  • By phone — 530-754-2787 or toll-free 866-754-2787.
  • In person — The ticket office is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The ticket office also is open one hour before all ticketed events.

The Mondavi Center also presents …

March at the Mondavi includes more dance, along with music and a slam poetry champion, plus those free concerts: March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) and 21:

Dance Theatre of Harlem — A multicultural dance organization with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence. 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Jackson Hall.

José González & The String Theory — The Swedish singer-songwriter González, whose reflective work is intense, emotive and compelling, in a unique pairing with the maverick 20-piece orchestral collective The String Theory. 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, Jackson Hall.

Sikkil Gurucharan and Shujaat Khan — Two concerts in the India in the Artist’s Eye Festival. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, Jackson Hall. See separate story.

Brian Jagde, tenor, with special guest Joyce El-Khoury, soprano They’ll explore romantic arias and duets from the operatic repertoire and more, including Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Bizet, Puccini and Bernstein. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Co-presented by the Department of Music; concert will be in the Recital Hall of the Ann E. Pitzer Center.

Aaron Diehl presents Jelly & George featuring Adam Birnbaum and Cécile McLorin Salvant A new generation of musicians, led by pianist Diehl and singer Salvant, pays tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, the ragtime and stride legend, and George Gershwin, who worked on the borders of jazz, classical and popular song. 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Jackson Hall. Preperformance talk with Rob Tocalino, marketing director, and Jeremy Ganter, associate executive director and director of programming, Mondavi Center, 7 p.m.

Shane KoyczanWinner of the U.S. Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan is best experienced up close and personal, with his rhythmic verse in high gear, piloting his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.

One-Eyed Reilly band
Free outdoor concert on St. Patrick’s Day: One-Eyed Reilly on the Corin Courtyard.

One Eyed Reilly — This Sacramento band blends dynamic, original songs with modern Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of traditional Irish and Scottish classics. Free, in the Corin Courtyard, 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 17.

Dervish and Le Vent du Nord — Dervish, the preeminent, traditional band from Ireland’s Wild West, joined by their Celtic cousins from farther west, the Juno award-winning Le Vent du Nord. Ticketed event in Jackson Hall, 7 p.m. Friday, March 17.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic OrchestraPerforming Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Pne Button Suit band, four performers
Another free concert: One Button Suit performs March 21 on the Corin Courtyard.

CANCELED: One Button SuitAn exciting, hand-stitched, Sacramento-based string band that offers up tunes especially tailored for our California climate. Free, in the Corin Courtyard, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

The Real Nashville: The Del McCoury Band & Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnDive into Americana music with bluegrass royalty Del McCoury and the most awarded band in bluegrass music (multiple Grammys and nine Entertainer of the Year awards); and Béla Fleck, long known for his adventurous expansion of the banjo, joined by Abigail Washburn, vocals and banjo, for an equally creative exploration of American sounds. 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, Jackson Hall.

Danilo Brito TrioA mandolin virtuoso and composer, the supremely gifted Brito explores the unique cultural tradition of choro music from his native Brazil. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, March 22-25, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.

ADDED: Boy Howdy A small ensemble of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus. Free, in the Corin Courtyard, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31.

NEW DATE: Alan Cumming: “Sings Sappy Songs”He’s as enthralling and nimble with Shakespeare as he is with show tunes. “Sings Sappy Songs” is an eclectic, wildly entertaining mix of intimate stories, from the sentimental to the sassy, and witty reinterpretations of pop songs and stage classics. 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, Jackson Hall. (Rescheduled from March 30.)

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