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David Childs, Baritone
Emerging Artists Series
October 08, 2017

Boston Court's Fall Music Series generously sponsored by Elaine Kramer and Al Latham.

Boston Court's Fall Music Series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Tickets are free for full-time students with a valid ID and just $10 for everyone else!

Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Mark Robson, David Childs will perform an eclectic program that includes the “Poemes juif” by Milhaud, scenes by Marc Blitzstein and Lee Hoiby, and the “Minicabs” of William Bolcom.

 

Boston Court's Emerging Artists Series is made possible through generous support of the Lazy L Foundation.

David Samuel Childs, baritone, specializes in American opera, musical theater, and Jewish music. David graduated from UCLA with his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and is an alumnus of Aspen Music FesEval.

Role credits include Hermogenes in a workshop of Rufus Wainwright’s new opera Hadrian (Aspen Opera Center), Ensemble in Lost in the Stars (LA Chamber Orchestra), Baker in Into The Woods (Hawaii Performing Arts Fest.), Johann in Werther (Independent Opera Co.) and Leader in Down in the Valley (Opera UCLA). In 2013 David won First Prize in the Walter Jurmann Song CompeEEon and in 2016 placed in UCLA’s Vocal Vision Awards.

David is a Walter Fox Singer with the Verdi Chorus of Santa Monica, and also plays accordion around Los Angeles with the award-winning band We The Folk.

Mark Robson has been lauded by the Los Angeles Times on numerous occasions, singled out as a pianist with “one of the great techniques” and “an inquiring mind”. His career has included performance as a keyboard soloist, chamber artist, composer, conductor and vocal coach. He was a regular member of the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera from 1991 to 2010 as an assistant conductor and has worked as a musical assistant at the Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy) festivals.

Mr. Robson has been on the faculties of USC, Cal State Fullerton, Chapman University and Cal Arts in the capacity of vocal coach and piano teacher. His music has been performed widely, including orchestral works premiered by the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra and the Idyllwild Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Piano Spheres series, and as a keyboardist he assists frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a pianist, organist, harpsichordist or synth player.

Soprano Patricia Prunty has recorded his song cycle A Child of Air, which has been performed at the winter Ravinia Festival. Other compositions include a set of twenty-four preludes for the left hand, a bassoon trio, numerous songs and Dances and Dirges for piano, clarinet and cello.

Mr. Robson has received degrees from the University of Southern California and Oberlin College; several years of study in Paris embellished his musical training. Two of his large-scale music projects have been the performance of the complete Beethoven sonatas and multiple performances of Messiaen’s great piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus; he is now preparing a series of the complete Debussy piano works. Most recently he has performed in the Hear Now Paris festival at the Mona Bismarck American Center.

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