Mondavi Center 2016-17 season eyes global perspective

The Mondavi Center at UC Davis released its 2016-17 season programming today. There’s a distinct global focus for the performing arts center’s 15th year, with artists flying in from China, Australia, India, Brazil and elsewhere.

Some highlights: spoken word artist and YouTube celebrity Shane Koyczan from Canada will perform March 16-18 in Mondavi’s smaller cabaret theater; Joey Alexander, a 12-year-old jazz piano prodigy from Indonesia, will perform with his trio October 19-22, also in the cabaret theater; and Bassem Youssef, often called “the Jon Stewart of Egypt,” will speak February 1.

Mondavi’s Speakers Series is always strong, and next year will feature actor and activist George Takei on October 15, writer David Sedaris on November 11 and, opening the season, Ira Flatow recording a live version of his popular NPR show Science Friday on September 24.

As for some more unusual events? Young, dancey roots band Bumper Jacksons will take over the cabaret theater October 5-8; Cécile McLorin Salvant, “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade,” according to the New York Times, returns to the stage March 14; and Paul Dresher’s Sound Maze, an interactive exhibit of enormous instruments, will probably be super cool for kids and adults alike March 8-9.

And of course, there will be lots of classical and jazz. Check out the full schedule here.

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