American concert pianist Mona Golabek was born and grew up in Los Angeles. She is a Grammy Award nominee who has appeared with orchestras all over the world and in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and London’s Royal Festival Hall. She has been the subject of numerous PBS specials. She is also the daughter of survivors, Lisa and Michele Golabek. Mona’s mother, Lisa Jura, was a musical child prodigy in Vienna, who dreamed of making her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. When Kristallnacht took place, Lisa’s parents had to choose one child to board the Kindertransport to escape Nazi persecution. They chose Lisa – because she had her music.
After surviving the London Blitz and living on Willesden Lane with other refugees, Lisa emigrated with Michele, a highly decorated Jewish officer in the French resistance, to Los Angeles. Lisa taught their two daughters, Mona and Rene the piano. In those lessons Lisa shared the story of her life – how she held on to her music in the darkest of times. Mona wrote her mother’s story in The Children of Willesden Lane, co-authored by Lee Cohen.
In 2012, Mona made her debut at the Los Angeles Geffen Playhouse in The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted from the book. That production, produced and directed by Hershey Felder, has been acclaimed by critics and audiences across America, with a recent sold out run off Broadway in New York. The “Children of Willesden Lane” benefiting the Dallas Holocaust Museum is a custom performance of the story.
Premium Orchestra tickets at the $250 level include a post-performance meet and greet with the artist.