Working on the Wolfgang
Being a working musician of any sort can seem daunting these days. Not only are there a finite number of venues to play, but also fewer and fewer are willing to take a risk on bringing in new talent. Pianist Lara Downes, the Mondavi Center’s current artist in residence, doesn’t seem to have any problem finding gigs. Although Downes enjoys interpreting the works of newer, younger composers, she’ll return Sunday (at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) to the center’s smaller-capacity Studio Theatre to explore the works of Mozart, as part of the appropriately dubbed “Sundays with Mozart” series. If you haven’t checked out her American Ballads release or her first record, Invitation to the Dance, it might be time to revisit the ol’ classical sections in your local Borders stores. If you’re looking for a player who isn’t afraid to stray from the ever-so-confining boundaries of classical repertoire, Downes’ upcoming performance should be a good starter. Call (530) 754-ARTS or visit www.mondaviarts.org for information.