Pianologues
Sandra Tsing Loh & Mark Robson
May 21, 2011

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.

"I AWOKE SUDDENLY, AN ELEPHANT IN PARIS WITH NO PANTS!"
An Evening of Precisely-Honed if Shamelessly Impressionistic Francophilia with Pianist Mark Robson and Writer Sandra Tsing Loh

To fully plumb the humorous mysteries of the tale of Babar the Elephant--as scored by Francis Poulenc--we realize we must deconstruct everything that is French, or that we THINK is French.  Come ready to laugh, to cry, to dream!  Zut alors!  Quel fromage!   FIN!

SANDRA TSING LOH is the author of Mother on Fire, inspired by her hit solo show.  Her other solo shows include "Aliens in America" and "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" (both off-Broadway), "Sugar Plum Fairy" (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep), and "I Worry" (Kennedy Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville).  Loh’s previous books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now.  She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and on Ira Glass’ "This American Life"; currently, her weekly segment "The Loh Life"" is heard on KPCC and her daily minute "The Loh Down on Science," is syndicated on 200 stations.  She is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly.

Lauded by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of the great techniques” and “an inquiring mind,” Mark Robson has created a career which expresses his diverse interests as soloist, chamber artist, composer and conductor.  He was a regular member of the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera from 1991 to 2005 as an assistant conductor and coach and has worked as a musical assistant at the Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy) festivals.  Mr. Robson’s music has been programmed on concerts in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Barcelona and Paris.  The Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra has premiered two of his orchestral works, Apollo Rising and Christmas Suite.  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 and Dances and Dirges for piano, clarinet and cello.

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