The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis presents a quartet of holiday shows filled with diverse programming from classical masterpieces to historic traditions.
“This holiday season we bring back two of the most wonderful seasonal shows we have ever presented: Danú — perhaps the finest Celtic band working today — with its traditional Christmas in Ireland; and Cantus’ All is Calm, one of the most moving portrayals of the true holiday spirit,” said Mondavi Center Executive Director Don Roth. “Plus we are proud to present two of our long-time partners, the American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Symphony, in special holiday concerts.”
The Mondavi Center holiday season officially begins on Wednesday, Dec. 5 with “Danú: An Nollaig in Érinn” (Christmas in Ireland) at 8 p.m.
Based in County Waterford, Danú boasts a traditional but modern sound with virtuoso players on the uilleann pipes, accordion and fiddle and the lovely vocals of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, who sings in both English and Irish. This acclaimed Irish band returns to the Mondavi Center with special guests for a memorable concert celebrating a traditional Irish Christmas.
On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. the Mondavi Center presents “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” based on the real life drama that took place on the Western Front battlefield during World War I on Christmas Eve of 1914. The nine-man vocal ensemble Cantus and its collaborators Theatre Latté Da bring this remarkable historical event to life through new arrangements of European carols, war songs for a capella voices and excerpts from soldiers’ diaries.
This year the American Bach Soloists break from their annual Messiah tradition to present a new holiday show on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Joined by the Grammy-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus and soprano Mary Wilson, this promises to be a magical showcase of vocal and musical talent that will truly capture the season.
The holiday programing concludes with the San Francisco Symphony Family Concert on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The highlight of the concert is the Oscar-nominated short film “The Snowman,” based on the book by Raymond Briggs, played with live musical accompaniment. The symphony is joined by the Pacific Boy Choir and the program also features a fun holiday sing-along for the entire family.
Performances are in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis.
Mondavi Center gift certificates, which can be used towards any Mondavi Center ticket office purchase, are also available. Gift certificates can be purchased for any amount and do not expire.
Complete information about the Mondavi Center’s 2012–13 season is available at mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787, 866-754-2787 (toll-free) and 530-754-5402 (TDD).