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The Creation of The Pianist of Willesden Lane
The Creation of The Pianist of Willesden LaneMonday, April 8, 2013 7:00 pm
A reception with Hershey Felder and
Mona Golabek followed the program.
In advance of its highly anticipated run at the Royal George Theatre, Hershey Felder and Mona Golabek came to Spertus with a rare behind-the-scenes look at the creation of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a poignant theatrical and musical tribute to Ms. Golabek's remarkable mother, internationally renowned concert pianist Lisa Jura.
As a young Jewish piano prodigy growing up in Vienna, Lisa Jura dreamed of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. When she was swept up in the Kindertransport to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life was upended except her love of music and her aspirations to perform. Attendees learned how Mr. Felder adapted Ms. Golabek's book about her mother for the stage and see some preview selections from this extraordinary production.
Mona Golabek is a concert pianist and Grammy-nominated recording artist who has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and Royal Festival Hall. She has been the subject of several documentaries including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep. Her mother, Lisa Jura, is the subject of Ms. Golabek’s acclaimed young adult book, co-written with journalist Lee Cohen,
The Children of Willesden Lane.
Hershey Felder is a Steinway concert artist, actor, playwright, composer,
and producer. He is acclaimed for productions including the award-winning George Gershwin Alone,
an intimate one-man tribute to Gershwin that he performed around
the world. His current projects include An American Story for Actor and Orchestra, I Found My Horn, and Lem. Mr. Felder has been a Scholar in Residence at Harvard University's Department of Music. He is married to
Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada.