Performing arts: what is opening – Sacramento Magazine
Live show presenters in the region are temporarily recovering their mojo. With health and safety on everyone’s mind and variations looming in the shadows, live shows are scheduled, tickets are sold, and in some cases the shows have continued. Music presenters such as SBL Entertainment, which has a full schedule at The Sofia in the city center and Ace of Spades on R Street, have been open to the public since late July. The Mondavi Center on the UC Davis campus offers a full season of its eclectic presentations starting in October.
Mondavi executive director Don Roth said being on campus was a boon for the presenter as the university focused on returning to live teaching. âWe’re also a classroom and will be opening in September for students to come back,â says Roth.
Whether the artists were ready to go on tour was a major component of the timing and the possibility for Mondavi to return to presentation. Roth says they are. Opening with Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and passing through performances such as “Freedom of Speech” by Eliza Jane Schneider, jazz singer Veronica Swift and the Alexander String Quartet, the season s ‘installs like many others despite planning limitations and the uncertainty of health protocols.
âThe university is ready to reopen and our staff and team are ready to set it up in a healthy and safe manner,â said Roth. The public is responding positively to the season announcement and tickets are selling well. âThere is an increase in the number of people subscribing online, which we weren’t doing in the past – it was mostly in print and in person. All of the feedback I have received has been positive, âsaid Roth. âWe think it will be a memorable season. People are ready to get back together.
The Mondavi has also played an important role in Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s efforts to maintain itself and support its customers during the closure. While the Phil turned to digital offerings, these didn’t really take hold until after recording at Mondavi’s Jackson Hall this spring.
âThe Mondavi Center was actually able to open its doors to us, so we recorded four separate days of events with 20 musicians at a time,â says Alice Sauro, executive director of Phil. âWe created four digital presentations, which were just fantastic. The programs were offered free to subscribers, ticket holders and donors. âThat’s how we pivoted, and the response from our audience has been very good,â Sauro says. The Phil has scheduled an ambitious 2021-2022 season of seven programs, ended with the two concerts canceled at the end of the 2019-20 season. They open in September with the organ symphony of Saint-SaÃ«n at the Memorial auditorium and end in May 2022 with an opera entirely staged at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center, “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini .
âWe thought about the best way to bring everyone together in a beautiful big building and celebrate Memorial and its beautiful organ,â said Sauro.
While Capital Stage has announced a six-room season, which kicked off in late August, the B Street Theater is approaching the opening with a bit more caution. Buck Busfield, artistic director of production for B Street, said: âWe can’t wait to reopen, but ultimately it will be left to the comfort level of the audience. We regularly send out surveys to help us gauge attendance, and the results are uncertain. But we are ready and are planning concerts in August and plays in September. Our artistic team has remained intact, with gratitude, and even expanded our core during the closure. We miss our friends the most and to see them at Sofia.