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'Return to Forever IV' added to Mondavi Center 2011-12 season lineup

'Return to Forever IV' added to Mondavi Center 2011-12 season lineup

DAVIS - Return to Forever IV, the definitive jazz/rock fusion ensemble, will make their Mondavi Center debut on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. The performance, presented as a “Just Added” event for the 2011-12 Season, will begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis. Tickets will be available to the general public starting on May 21 from the Mondavi Center Ticket Office at (866) 754-2787 or online at www.MondaviArts.org.

Almost 40 years after Return to Forever first appeared on the scene, the much honored ensemble is making one of their storied returns to action. And, in the bold tradition of renewal that the band has established as an essential quality, this latest installment combines elements from the group’s rich history with an exciting vision of the jazz future.

Jazz great Arturo Sandoval to perform at VPAT May 21

Jazz great Arturo Sandoval to perform at VPAT May 21

VACAVILLE - Arturo Sandoval will perform live at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad all with equal power and grace.

Tickets for the performance are available for $49.  A $1.00 Preservation and Enhancement Fee will be added to each ticket at time of purchase. Payment by cash, check or with Visa or MasterCard is accepted. Theatre Box Office hours are Noon – 6 p.m.

UC Davis, Davis High School Baroque Ensembles to perform May 22

UC Davis, Davis High School Baroque Ensembles to perform May 22

DAVIS - On Sunday, May 22, the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble, directed by Phebe Craig and Michael Sand, along with the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble, directed by Angelo Moreno, will perform works by Francesco Geminiani, J.S. Bach, and early Mozart divertimentos. The Davis High School will perform a Handel Concerto Grosso on their own and one piece with the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble.

The performance will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are $8 for Students and children, and $20 for adults. Seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased from the Mondavi Center Ticket Office at www.MondaviArts.org or by calling (530) 754-2787.

UC Davis Early Music Ensemble to perform May 21

UC Davis Early Music Ensemble to perform May 21

DAVIS - The Early Music Ensemble at UC Davis will present a concert at the Davis Community Church at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. On the program are works by Italian Baroque composers Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Sances.

Professor David Nutter directs the ensemble of approximately 30 singers, with guests guest musicians David Morris (cello), Cheryl Fulton (harp), and Steve Lehning (viola da gamba).

Admission is a suggested donation at the door of $6 for students and children, and $12 for adults. The Davis Community Church is located at 412 C Street in Davis. For more information visit www.music.ucdavis.edu or call (530) 752-7896.

Woodland High School's Nick Christen wins Congressional Art contest

Woodland High School's Nick Christen wins Congressional Art contest

WOODLAND - Congressman Mike Thompson, CA-1, Friday announced that Nick Christen from Woodland High School is the winner of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition. Nick’s artwork, a photograph titled "Yolo Bypass," will represent California’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. Capitol, where it will be displayed for one year. Nick and a guest will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.

"I am always impressed with the talent and creativity of the students who participate in this competition," said Thompson. "Nick is an extremely talented artist with a bright future, and I am honored to feature his artwork in the U.S. Capitol. Our entire community should be proud of his achievement."

Nick was one of six regional winners chosen by Rep. Thompson’s district staff.

Local Music: Kin

Local Music: Kin

Every once in awhile, you come across someone with such unbridled talent that you just have to wonder where it comes from. That is the case with my good friend Kin.

A recent graduate of Expression College with a brand new degree in sound design, Vacaville local, "Kin," has been making beats for as long as I can remember and he just keeps getting better. His style continues to improve with every new song and he can't go anywhere but up. Kin's Hip-Hop-inspired beats feature samples from classic R&B, rock and soul songs - some of which you've grown up on. One might liken his style to that of Flying Lotus or J Dilla.  But while his style is probably best described as Hip-Hop, Kin really has no boundaries when it comes to creative music-making.

Check out Kin's latest tracks on his bandcamp page : http://kinsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Woodland High School student among Congressional Art Competition finalists

Woodland High School student among Congressional Art Competition finalists

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) Tuesday held a reception at his Napa District Office for the six high school finalists in this year's Congressional Art Competition. The winner of the competition will represent California's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. Capitol, where his or her artwork will be displayed for one year. The winner and a guest will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.

"These six young men and women are extremely talented artists with bright futures," said Thompson. "I think it¹s important to recognize and encourage young artists. The Congressional Art Competition gives our community the opportunity to do that."

To honor the achievement of this year¹s finalists, Thompson invited the students, their families, and local artists and residents to attend a reception at his district office in Napa.