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“The Children of Willesden Lane” will come to The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

NewsShow Announcement August 24, 2015 Encore Staff

The Berman Center for The Performing Arts, in partnership with SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) and the Holocaust Memorial Center, is presenting a theatrical performance of “The Children of Willesden Lane” on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.

The show, based on a true story, is set in Vienna in 1938 and chronicles the journey of Lisa, a young Jewish pianist who dreams of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein Concert Hall. However, before this can happen Lisa’s parents put her on the Kindertransport to protect her from the Nazis and everything about her life is upended except for her love of music, as she learns to live in her new reality. Mona Golabek, a concert pianist and Lisa’s daughter, tells her mother’s story and performs some of the world’s most beloved music.

“This moving performance captures the desperation and challenges Lisa and her family faced, as many Jewish families did at the time, allowing the audience to embrace the universal and timeless lessons of the story,” said Elaine (Hendriks) Smith, director of The Berman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $32-37 per seat. To purchase tickets, please visit theberman.org or call 248.661.1900.

About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is a 55,000 square foot museum and library archive in Farmington Hills that teaches about the senseless murder of millions and why each of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future genocide and hate crimes. The lessons of history are used to create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking our guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, bullying and prejudice. Exhibits include artifacts such as an authentic WWII-era boxcar, text panels, photos, video testimonies, films, paintings, sculpture, and a sapling from the tree located outside Anne Frank’s hiding place window that is described in her diary. A daily guided tour at 1 pm is often followed by a live presentation by a Holocaust survivor. Located on the second floor above the museum, the Library Archive is an important resource for academics, the media and families researching their heritage.

Hours for The Holocaust Memorial Center: Sunday-Thursday 9:30 am to 5 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm) and Friday 9:30 am to 3 pm (last admission 1:30 pm). Wheelchair accessible. Free parking. For additional information, visit www.holocaustcenter.org or call 248.553.2400.

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