The Pianist of Willesden Lane: Pianist Mona Golabek Melds Music With Historical Drama
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“In The Pianist of Willesden Lane, keyboard virtuoso Mona Golabek essentially channels her mother, pianist Lisa Jura, and strikes musical and emotional notes that transcend technical display or biographical sentiment. This elegant, heartfelt solo show … is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph.” -Los Angeles Times
“Golabek’s keyboard technique is liquid silk, with a fluidity that’s as powerful as it is nimble. She reminds us of the transformative power of art in even the darkest of times.” -LA Weekly
“A touching and reassuring reminder that the ageless magnificence of great art can stubbornly, resolutely overshadow man’s inhumanity to man.” —”_Backstage_":http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-la-theatre/la-review-the-pianist-of-willesden-lane-1006924152.story
“Marvelously adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, Lisa Jura’s story is a theatrical experience not to be missed … This is stunning theatre that will leave you emotionally breathless.” —broadwayworld.com
Presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage
Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen*
American concert pianist Mona Golabek has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She is a Grammy nominee and has received numerous awards. She has been the subject of several documentaries including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Ms. Golabek’s syndicated radio program, The Romantic Hours, combines music with poetry. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Ms. Golabek’s sister, Renee Golabek-Kaye. Both daughters were taught by their mother, Lisa Jura, who is the subject of Ms. Golabek’s acclaimed book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Ms. Golabek founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America.