Stepping Out

Pianos, dragons and flutes to fill MVCPA next month

Courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents
Mona Golabek stars in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” a solo show set to run Jan. 15 through Feb. 16 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., has scheduled several events for January. Details follow.

• TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” Jan. 15 through Feb. 16, MainStage. Holding fast to dreams of concert success, a young Jewish pianist escapes Vienna via the Kindertransport, arriving in England at the outset of World War II. Concert pianist Mona Golabek recounts her mother’s poignant saga of hope and resilience, underscored with music from Bach, Beethoven and many more. Created by TheatreWorks regular Hershey Felder, it celebrates the power of music to transcend even the darkest times. Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and/or 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays; the Jan. 15-17 shows are previews; Jan. 18 is opening night. Tickets are $45-$105; discounts are available for seniors, students, educators and children.

• Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Dragons Love Tacos,” Jan. 17 and 18, SecondStage. “Dragons” is based on Adam Rubin’s best-selling children’s book about a dragon who isn’t the ideal party guest after mistakenly being served spicy salsa. Performances are slated 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets are $11-$13; discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. A sensory-friendly performance for children with autism/special needs is scheduled 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets are $13.

• Espressivo’s “Masterful Fun” concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, SecondStage. Espressivo, a small, intense orchestra of first-tier professional instrumentalists from the Bay Area to Monterey, makes its maiden Mountain View appearance. The program will feature Beethoven’s Octet, Op. 103, Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” Bohuslav Martinu’s Nonet No. 2, Judith Weir’s “Airs from Another Planet” and Jean Francaix’s “Hommage à l’Ami Papageno.” Tickets are $23-$53.

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

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