Mondavi Center Single Tickets on Sale

Opera actor in police uniform, singing.
In Heartbeat Opera’s adaptation of Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidello,” a Black activist is wrongfully incarcerated, and his wife, Leah, in disguise, infiltrates the system to free him.

Tickets for individual events in the Mondavi Center’s new season go on sale at 1 p.m. today (Aug. 10).

See At a Glance below for ticket information, including discounts for faculty, staff and students.

The performing arts center’s 2020-21 season is really the 2021 season, in that it is scheduled to begin in January, with the delay attributed to the pandemic that brought the 2019-20 season to an early end in March.

The new season will have fewer shows than a regular season, but, as the center proclaims on its website: “There’s something for everyone!” For example:

Female singer flanked by two men with banjos.
For the family: Sonia de los Santos and The Okee Dokee Brothers, performing “Somos Amigos: Songs on Common Ground.”
Nella in suit, facing camera.
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Cabaret: Nella, winner of last year’s Latin Grammy for best new artist.
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, staging two performances of Ailey’s landmark work Revelations.
  • Orpheus Chamber Ensemble with Branford Marsalis.
  • SFJAZZ Collective, playing Joni Mitchell songs.
  • Christopher Taylor, pianist, performing all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies in four concerts.
  • Heartbeat Opera, performing Beethoven’s Fidelio in a modern-day adaptation.
  • Meow Meow, careening from French chanson to Radiohead, with brilliant dashes of Brecht and Weill in between, she’s a remarkable singer and physical comedian who hypnotizes, inspires and terrorizes her audiences with ease.
  • Goitse, Irish quintet, performing Feb. 26, well within the St. Patrick’s Day celebration range.
  • Arlo Guthrie, songwriter, singer, storyteller.
  • Ira Glass and Rob Reiner in the Speakers Series.
  • The Queen’s Cartoonists, playing music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation synchronized to video projections of the original films.
  • Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, in a return visit to Jackson Hall.
  • Las Cafeteras, whose Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.

Local flavor

  • Spiritrials — Addiction, religion and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program, in this one-man show written, scored and performed by Brathwaite, offering what his website describes as “a timely exploration of the American criminal justice system.” The multidimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance as Brathwaite “weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage as a young Black male.” He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008, as an English major with a minor in dramatic art.
  • Fry Street Quartet: Rising Tide — An evocative performance that combines music, information and imagery, merging the intellectual with the visceral to take audiences from understanding to action. Presented in collaboration with a UC Davis SHAPE course, Envisioning Climate Futures. SHAPE stands for Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement, in which the Mondavi Center is a partner with University Honors, First-Year Seminars and the UC Davis Humanities Institute.

Read Dateline's season preview.

Safety first

Rob Tocalino, marketing director for the Mondavi Center, said: “We will take extreme caution in reopening, with the audience’s health our top priority. We are actively developing plans for how the hall would and could be used; we’re consulting with campus and our industry colleagues on best practices.”

And, if the public health situation does not allow a return to the hall in January, “then we’ll do what we did at the end of this season, namely roll out cancellations and issue refunds or credits,” he said.


  • WHAT: Single-event tickets on sale for the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts’ new season. The season brochure is online.
  • WHEN: Starting at 1 p.m. today (Aug. 10).

Series subscriptions are still available.

UC Davis faculty and staff save 25 percent on all presenting program subscriptions and 10 percent on all individual event purchases. Students get half off all single ticket prices.

The ticket office is operating remotely. You can reach the staff by email, or you can call:

  • Online support 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday — 530-746-8094
  • General information 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday — 530-285-0992

Frequently asked questions about the 2020-21 season.

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