The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will present An Evening with Mona Golabek, a custom performance by the renowned classical pianist at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., June 10 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre in Dallas.
When Golabek performs, she hears her mother’s voice telling her to share “the spiritual power of great words and music to heal our souls.” That’s why she often doesn’t simply play music. She tells stories—especially her mother’s story.
Mona’s mother, Lisa Jura, was also a classical pianist. As a young girl living in Vienna during the Nazi occupation of Austria, she witnessed her father stripped naked and humiliated on the street, the horrific night of broken glass and aftermath of Kristallnacht, and her beloved piano teacher telling her he was no longer allowed to teach Jewish children.
Her mother survived because she gained passage on the famed Kindertransport—a British rescue operation that enabled 10,000 primarily Jewish children to escape the Nazis. Lisa would never see her parents again.
When Lisa arrived in England, she was settled in a hostel with other refugee Jewish children who became her surrogate family and supporters as she began to pursue a music career. She would ultimately succeed and pass on the gift of music to her children.
Mona wrote her mother’s story in her book, “The Children of Willesden Lane,” and her piano performance benefiting the Museum will be a custom rendition of the acclaimed stage play.
Tickets are available from $75 to $250 and proceeds benefit the Museum’s mission of teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference. Visit DallasHolocaustMuseum.org or call 214.741.7500 for more information.