Mondavi in ’18-19 Features Baez and Callas

Season Also Brings Simpler Staff-Faculty Discount Plan

Note to faculty, staff and retirees: As you peruse the Mondavi Center’s recently announced season, keep in mind there is a revised discount pricing structure in place for 2018-19.

The revision sets up a simpler format: a flat 25 percent discount on all subscriptions — regular series and choose-your-own packages — and all add-on shows.


Nobunto, five-person singing group, in colorful dresses
Director’s Choice: The a cappella group Nobunto.

Think of the possibilities in the upcoming 17th season:

  • You could buy the World Stage Series to see Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández and the Havana Cuban All-Stars — 25 percent off. Then, say, you also want to see legendary folk singer Joan Baez (from the American Heritage Series) — 25 percent off.
  • You could buy the Dance Series to see Company Wang Ramirez, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and Ballet Preljocaj — 25 percent off. Then, maybe you want to add an event from the Speakers Series, say, Douglas Abrams, co-author of the 2018-19 Campus Community Book Project, The Book of Joy — 25 percent off.
  • You could buy the Concert Series to see Sir James Galway, flute; Pinchas Zukerman, violin; the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and Vladimir Feltsman, piano — 25 percent off. Then, maybe you want to add on the orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields — 25 percent off.

Or, you could put together a choose-your-own (CYO) series with as few as three shows — 25 percent off. Then, as a subscriber, you can add as many more shows as you like at any point during the season — also for 25 percent off.

Previously, faculty, staff and retirees received a 25 percent discount on choose-your-own series of five or more shows, and 20 percent on add-ons. Rob Tocalino, director of marketing for the Mondavi Center, said choose-your-own plans are becoming more popular — and he expects the new flat discount of 25 percent, coupled with the three-show minimum, will attract even more CYO subscribers.

Maria Callas in red gown
Director’s Choice: Maria Callas

Add-on shows for series and choose-your-own subscribers can come from anywhere else on the schedule — including shows that are being sold as individual or add-on events only, and “Just Added!” events to be announced during the season.

Callas in Concert, as in the late Maria Callas, is among the 2018-19 shows that are available only as individual or add-on events. Callas, the American soprano who died in 1977, will appear via groundbreaking digital and laser holographic technology, with live accompaniment by the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera.

Other shows being sold individually or as add-ons include Nobunto (a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe), Igor Levitt (piano), Lara Downes and Theo Blackmann (Downes is a pianist, the Mondavi Center’s artist in residence, and Blackmann is a vocalist), Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens (tenor and bass-baritone, respectively) in a rare duo recital, and four family-friendly shows: Cirque Mechanics, Akram Khan Company, 7 Fingers Cirque and Mayumana.

Your series choices: Alexander String Quartet (Saturday evening series and Sunday afternoon series), American Heritage, Concert, Dance, Jackson Hall Jazz, Orchestra, Speakers, Studio Jazz, With a Twist and World Stage. See a complete rundown of all the shows in each series.

I'm With Her trio
I’m With Her, from left: Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz

Series highlights include the Czech Philharmonic (Orchestra); Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, presenting orchestra leader Wynton Marsalis’ Spaces, a 10-part suite with dancers (Jackson Hall Jazz); Marcus Hill Blacktet (Studio Jazz); I’m With Her folk group (American Heritage); and singer Storm Large and her band, Le Bonheur, and the Ukelele Band of Great Britain (both in the With a Twist Series).

‘Absolute flexibility’


The Mondavi Center has set a new start time of 7 p.m. (one hour earlier) for all Sunday-through-Wednesday shows in 2018-19 (with one exception: Joan Baez, Wednesday, Nov. 14, starting time 8 p.m.) — in part for the benefit of faculty and staff, allowing them to more easily fit in shows after work and still get home at a reasonable time.

Previously, the Mondavi Center’s staff-faculty pricing structure offered one discount for series subscriptions and another for choose-your-own subscriptions, and two lesser discounts for add-on shows. “It was confusing,” Tocalino said.

With a flat discount of 25 percent on all subscriptions and add-ons, he said, staff and faculty subscribers “have absolute flexibility in how they want to buy,” knowing they are receiving maximum savings on all of the season’s offerings.

Just as in the past, staff and faculty may use their discount for a maximum two tickets per series or event. Note, however, additional tickets are available at the same discount prices charged to the general public: Series — 20 percent (15 percent for add-ons). Choose-your-own five shows — 15 percent (10 percent for add-ons). Choose-your-own three or four shows — 10 percent (5 percent for add-ons).

For single-ticket purchases, the staff-faculty discount remains at 10 percent (limit two tickets per order), and there is a $5 fee for ticket exchange. Subscribers are not assessed a fee to exchange tickets.

Interested in becoming a subscriber? You are welcome to put down the $15 The singer subscription fee to join a waiting list, ensuring that you will be among the first to have your subscription filled.

More highlights of the new season

John Leguizamo
Director’s Choice: John Leguizamo

Don Roth, the Mondavi Center’s executive director, has once again offered his “Director’s Choices” for the new season. They include We Shall Overcome featuring Damien Sneed, a gospel-infused celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.; John Leguizamo, actor and writer, whose recent one-man show Latin History for Morons serves as the foundation for his speaking engagement; and the Vijay Iyer Sextet (Jackson Hall Jazz).

The Mondavi Center will present two winter holiday concerts: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos; and Boston Brass, performing Stan Kenton’s swinging arrangements of holiday songs.

For Valentine’s Day, the Mondavi Center has Curtis on Tour’s Curtis Opera Theatre Vocal Quartet, singing operatic and Great American Songbook favorites — in a free concert. (Tickets are available now to renewing subscribers only; new subscribers can request tickets when new subscriptions go on sale June 1.)

And, for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the Mondavi Center will feature Eileen Ivers, Irish American violinist, and JigJam, an Irish bluegrass group, preceded by a free beer tasting in the Yocha DeHe Grand Lobby.

"2 Pints" actors, talking at bar
Director’s Choice: Abbey Theatre of Dublin presents a six-night run of crackling dialogue in “Two Pints.”

Speaking of Ireland, the Mondavi Center will turn the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre into the Vanderhoef Studio Pub, complete with Guinness beer, for the Abbey Theatre of Dublin’s production of Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints, featuring two men at a bar talking about death, North Korea, the afterlife and much more.

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