Mondavi opens new season with Bo Diddley, Savion, Vivaldi, Mozart and Downes

Bo Diddley

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts' 2006-07 season is set to open Sept. 22 with Bo Diddley and Friends, followed over the next nine days by tap dancer Savion Glover, pianist Vassily Primakov, the season's first Sunday with Mozart and an opening gala featuring Tango Fire.

The Diddley show, part of the new American Heritage Series, is set for 8 p.m. in Mondavi's Jackson Hall.

"It's wonderful to be able to begin our season with a concert by one of the legends of American music," said Don Roth, Mondavi Center's executive director. "Bo Diddley is a true rock 'n' roll pioneer, echoes of whose signature riff could be heard from Buddy Holly to the Rolling Stones."

In Classical Savion, scheduled at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 in Jackson Hall, Glover dances to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, and other classical masters, with the music performed by a live orchestra.

Sundays with Mozart moves in to the Studio Theatre for 2006-07. For the debut concert Sept. 24, Mondavi artist in residence Lara Downes plans to present Mozartiana: Romantic and 20th-Century Piano Works Inspired by Mozart, at 2 and 8 p.m.

The program includes introductory remarks by Downes, speaking on Mozart's life and music. Also, Downes is set to perform works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Dave Brubeck and others.

Mondavi's opening gala is set for Sept. 29 in Jackson Hall. Tango Fire, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., "captures the essence of Argentina's national dance with romance, precision, colorful costumes, dazzling dancers and authentic tango music," according to a Mondavi news release.

Tango Fire, the latest production of Estampas Portena, features 10 dancers and music by Quatrotango.

At 11 a.m. the same day, the Mondavi Center Arts Education Program plans to present Tango Fire as part of the 2006-07 Wells Fargo School Matinee series.

Mondavi's Debut Series presents concerts by Primakov at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Studio Theatre. Primakov, from Russia, entered the American music scene in 1997, at the age of 17, and studied at the Julliard School. His first recording is all Chopin.

For tickets, call (530) 754-2787 or (866) 754-2787, or visit Teachers are invited to call (530) 754-4689 to inquire about ticket purchases for the school matinee.

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