In The Pianist Of Willesden Lane, Mona Golabek shares the true story of her mother, noted pianist and author Lisa Jura. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg of World War II, a young Jewish pianist, Lisa dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. However, when Lisa is sent on the Kindertransport to London to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of her dream.
Due to popular demand, the The Pianist Of Willesden Lane run has been extended through August 4 at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street. The play is based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen.
Golabek performs some of the world’s most beloved piano music in this poignant true story of her mother’s experience in wartime Europe. The story is adapted and directed by local favorite Hershey Felder. This riveting tale of hope is a powerful testament to how music helps us survive through dark times.
American concert pianist Mona Golabek has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and the Royal Festival Hall alongside major orchestras worldwide. A Grammy nominee, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Avery Fisher Prize, and has been the subject of several PBS television documentaries.
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