The Mondavi Center in Davis will be holding a special concert featuring the internationally acclaimed St. Olaf Choir as a part of the choir’s 2023 national tour.
The ensemble’s 75 singers, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, will be performing in 11 cities from Sunday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 10, making their stop at the Mondavi Center on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The group will be presenting concerts in some of the nation’s finest churches and concerts in their four-state tour of Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington, according to a press release from the St. Olaf Choir.
The tour marks Armstrong’s 33rd year as conductor of the St. Olaf Choir and is the fourth to lead the ensemble during its 111-year history.
“Hearing the St. Olaf Choir in concert is more than just a musical experience,” Armstrong said in the press release. “Our singers, performing at the highest artistic level, convey a message of hope. Our music provides a bridge to what can unite us at a time when the world is so divided. We often hear from concertgoers who tell us they are not only struck by the sound and uniformity of the St. Olaf Choir, but also by the earnestness of what comes through the voices of our young singers. Our singers touch the hearts and souls of listeners, and our audiences leave transformed.”
The program will include pieces by living and traditional composers including Eric Whitacre, Rosephanye Powell, Kim André Arnesen, Moses G. Hogan Jr., and the choir’s founder: F. Melius Christiansen.
Tickets are available for all tour concerts online at stolaf.edu/tickets. For the Feb. 6 Davis performance, tickets range between $25-50 for adults, and $10 for students of all ages. For tickets for the Davis performance visit, https://tickets.mondaviarts.org/7845/7846.
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YoloArts’ Gallery 625 in Woodland will have a new exhibit on display Feb. 3.
“Shonna McDaniels: The Black Woman Experience” is a solo exhibition featuring the mixed media artwork of artist and community activist Shonna McDaniels.
“The primary theme that drives my art practice today is celebrating the beauty of the Black woman,” McDaniels said in the press release. “I’ve always been devoted to creating portraits that are inspired by the Black woman’s joy, hope, love, dignity, strength and essence of her soul. I work with layers of African textiles, collage paper, design patterns, symbols and vibrant skin tones. Each layer serves its very own meaningful purpose. It is my hope that with each theme I explore and with each portrait I create, something vital is etched into the memory of the viewer.”
McDaniels is a Sacramento-based artist with an extensive background in art instruction and mural design, according to a press release from YoloArts. In 1966, she founded the Sojourner Truth Art Museum which preserves Black history and celebrates the accomplishments of African American people and their legacy. The Sojourner Truth Art Museum, where McDaniels serves as the executive director, offers resources to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.
McDaniels’ resume also includes work on over 150 murals in the landscapes of Sacramento, Stockton, and San Francisco.
“Shonna devotes so much of herself to promoting the accomplishments of African American culture in our region while pursuing her own dedicated artistic practice,” said Janice Purnell, creative director at YoloArts. “It’s an honor to feature Shonna’s work and I encourage everyone to come out and celebrate art and Black History Month with us on the First Friday in February.”
McDaniels will be attending the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and will give an artist talk from 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Music will be provided by guitarist Kevin Welch from the band, Boca do Rio. Zim Cuisine of Davis will be providing small bites inspired by the cuisine of Zimbabwe. Samplings of Yolo County wines will also be available.
Gallery 625 is located at 625 Court Street in Woodland, in Yolo County’s Erwin Meier Administration building.
The artwork can also be viewed online at yoloarts.org/online-galleries.
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Seniors currently enrolled in a Woodland Senior Center art class or who have art pieces they’d like to show off can enter their work in the annual Senior Art Show on Friday, March 25.
The art show, which will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. is a part of the larger ReXpo event and is an opportunity for seniors to show off their talents and to draw attention to the senior art classes in Woodland.
The event will include a wine and beer tasting as well. The deadline to enter is March 4. For more information or to register, contact the Senior Center Welcome Desk as (530) 661-2001.
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The Davis Musical Theatre Company will be holding their 12th Annual Valentine Dessert Auction where attendees will have the opportunity to bid on delicious desserts while also being entertained by DMTC performers.
The event will be held on Feb. 4 with desserts available for viewing from 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. All proceeds will go to the DMTC to support their events and programs. For more information or to volunteer to donate a dessert, visit https://dmtc.org/.
Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.
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