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The Mondavi Center

Yesterday, I got a chance to see a concert of the most renowned violinists ever — Itzhak Perlman — and it’s all because of the UC Davis Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (often referred to as the “Mondavi Center”).

Each year, they offer some really amazing — and very unique — shows for faculty, students, and general audiences. (Huge bonus: students get an amazing discount of 50%!)

Some of the performances offered are so in-demand that tickets are sold out before they even go on sale. So this year, a portion of the tickets for the most in-demand events were set aside just for students — including such shows for Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. Personally, when I heard this back in October of last year, I thought I might wander by later in the week to the center and pick up some tickets — ha! Little did I know that a massive line had formed in front of the center on the first day of student ticket sales. Some of my friends stood in line for literally hours, and purchased extra tickets to several different shows. And because of that great idea, I was able to buy a ticket from them to both of the shows that I really wanted to see but was too lazy to stand in line for: Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma.

So yesterday, Nick (a fellow GSMer) and I went to the concert and it was awesome. I found it to be one of the most entertaining concerts I had ever been to — full of energy and genius and humor. We saw several other GSMers there, too. And the Mondavi Center Center itself is gorgeous; this was the first time I had been there. The Arts & Entertainment Business Club had actually hosted a tour of the center last week, but I missed out — hopefully, they’ll do it again next year, especially since our new business building will be right next to the Center.

Anyway, if you’re in the Davis or Sacramento area, check out the Mondavi Center! And don’t make my mistake — pick up your tickets ASAP.