Acclaimed pianist and author Mona Golabek will speak about her memoir, The children of Willesden Lane, and "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," her one-woman show currently playing in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre. Both her book and the play tell the story of her mother, Lisa Jura, a young musical prodigy who was placed aboard the Kindertransport in Vienna at the outset of World War II and sent to safety in Britain with the admonishment of her mother to "Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend." Lisa Jura became a concert pianist and passed on her legacy to her children and grandchildren. For reservations, call The Book Stall at 847 446-8880.
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The Children of Willesden Lane: an evening of Music and Inspiration
Mona Golabek discusses The Chilldren of Willesden Lane: beyond the Kindertransport - a memoir of music, love and survival.
Golabek will be telling the story of her mother, a musical prodigy who hoped to become a concert pianist. Instead, she was transported to London with hundreds of other Jewish children to save them from the Nazi Holocaust. There, in a hostel on Willesden Lane, she played her music. Ms. Golabek, a concert pianist, will play her mother's music as well as tell her story. Admission is free. (nhiggsmls)… (more)