One of Mondavi Center’s most popular programs, these free presentations by knowledgeable educators, scholars, and performers provide aesthetic, historical and social context on selected artists. Designed to enhance audience enjoyment and understanding of performances, the Pre-performance lecture schedule is based on artist diversity and educational value to the community.
Pre-Performance Lecture: Delfeayo Marsalis
John Abigana, music director at Woodland High School,
talks about the upcoming performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and his band. They explore music from one of Duke Ellington’s most masterful compositions: "Such Sweet Thunder," a suite inspired by the poems and plays of William Shakespeare.
Pre-Performance Lecture: Inbal Pinto Dance Company
Shelly Gilbride, a doctoral candidate in performance studies, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, talks about the Israeli Inbal Pinto Dance Company. The performance, which mixes fantasy, drama and comedy, has a musical score with Chopin, Swedish folk music, and songs from the 1950s.
Mondavi Center Lecture: James Conlon on LA Opera’s Recovered Voices
Lecture by James Conlon, music director of the Los Angeles Opera. His topic was LA Opera’s Recovered Voices the culmination of Maestro Conlon’s many years as an active and devoted advocate of the works of composers whose voices were silenced by the Holocaust.
About the American Ballet Theatre II
Ron Cunningham, Artistic Director, Sacramento Ballet Company discusses ABT II. Through ABT II, the American Ballet Theatre brings the stars of the future to the stage.
The Forum@MC: History in Blue: The Life and Times of Blue Note Records;
Ravi Coltrane, the saxophonist from the Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary tour, joins Peter Williams, Artistic Director of Yoshi’s and Gary Vercelli, Jazz Music Director at KXJZ, in a panel discussion about the impact Blue Note Records has had on jazz. Moderated by Jeffrey Callison, host of Insight on KXJZ.
Pre-Performance Lecture: Mavis Staples
Speaker Jon Fox discusses the musical history of Mavis Staples.