Young Artists Competition Showcases Up-And-Coming Talent Thursday, April 26, 2018 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Pianist Lara Downes will host the Young Artists Competition at the Mondavi Center this year.Lara Downes / Courtesy Pianist Lara Downes hosts this year's Young Artists Competition at the Mondavi Center in Davis. It’s a chance to showcase and celebrate some of the nation's top up-and-coming talent. The competition starts Friday, April 28, and continues all weekend in Jackson Hall. Downes talked about the competition and the participating artists with Capital Public Radio Classical Host Kevin Doherty.