Mona Golabek, the internationally acclaimed American story-telling pianist, performs, The Children of Willesden Lane, a compelling story of the life of a Kindertransport child who achieved fame as a brilliant pianist.
Golabek’s use of words, images and music relates how her mother, the equally acclaimed concert pianist Lisa Jura, created a life and career under dark circumstances with a message of hope. Lisa Jura arrived destitute in London 81 years ago as a 14-year-old as one of 10 000 mostly Jewish children escaping the threat of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, and went on to inspire many.
In this performance, Golabek plays the music that sustained her mother in her time of crisis and adjustment to a new life, alone, away from family. It includes passages from Golabek’s book of the same title which paints emotionally and graphically what her mother experienced. Golabek’s aim, she says, is to show there is no place for bigotry and hatred in the world. It is the story of a child who refused to let go of her dreams, to rise above the persecution and shine on concert stages internationally.
Venue: Wits Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg
Cost: R160 to R330 | Tickets release date TBC