A Mother's Life Told by Her Daughter in Music

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mona Golabek in 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane.' Mona Golabek in 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane.' (Michael Lamont)

Classical pianist Mona Golabek is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also now a stage performer, telling the story of her mother’s life in the one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane, now playing at 59E59 Theaters.

Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, was one of the children sent from Nazi-occupied Europe to England on what is known as the Kindertransport. Although Golabek is the only person on stage, she has an ally to help tell her mother’s story: a grand piano, which Golabek plays throughout the show. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers a review of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

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