2019: TWO PIANOS AT LEIPZIG
Leipzig -- Germany's former cultural capitol -- was an early socialist and Nazi Party hotbed that historically experienced in-migration from proximity to Eastern Europe.
Leipzig was the first post-Reunification East German city to convene a bi-annual "Jewish Week" at which former Jewish residents driven out during the Third Reich are invited back (along with their descendants) for a 7-day program as City guests. Leipzig's famed Conservatory and Gewandhaus Orchestra (both founded by Felix Mendelssohn), Thomas-Church Boys Choir (founded by J.S. Bach) and University (founded 1409) draw visitors, students and faculty from across Germany and the world.
The idea of bringing Two Pianos back to to the city where it begins came to life when it became a formal project of The Synagogue and Meeting Center Leipzig eV under the direction of Gisela Kallenbach (former Member, EU Parliament and Saxony Bundestag) and her fellow board members. The Center is part of Leipzig’s interfaith community center, Ariowitsch-Haus, founded 2007. It serves as a hub for Jewish culture and heritage through holiday celebrations, programming, and Jewish education for the community.
In connection with the City of Leipzig's bi-annual Jewish week, 23-30 June 2019:
7:30 PM, 29 June: "The Two Pianos Back Story, with Music" -- Presentation and exhibit featuring Two Pianos narrators and pianists describing how Two Pianos came to be written and produced, in the famed performance salon of music publisher Editions Peters' Grieg Haus where Grieg, Mahler and other composers published by Peters previewed their compositions. In 2014 Peters moved its world headquarters back to its original building in Leipzig. Anna and her friend Tanya held Peters Scholarships as Conservatory students.
11 AM, 30 June: "Two Pianos: Playing for Life" -- Performance and exhibit at the Chamber Music Hall of the Leipzig Conservatory founded by Felix Mendelssohn. In this Chamber Hall (formerly the Small Hall), Anna and her friends performed in student recitals and graduation examinations..
Gisela Kallenbach (Ariowitch Haus) and Gabriele Goldfuss (Director, Office for International Affairs, City of Leipzig) introduced the two events, which were open and free to the public. For highlights video, see above link.
The printed Leipzig program, dual-language program inserts, 32-page German-language color exhibit brochure, and professional videography were made possible by U.S. donations to The Two Pianos Project. To share Two Pianos with a wider audience and encourage additional performance events, we seek supplementary funds for production of several highlights videos of Two Pianos in Leipzig. U.S. tax-deductible donations may be contributed to the "Two Pianos Playing for Life Project" by credit card on-line by clicking this link, or by check payable to Fractured Atlas with "Two Pianos: Playing for Life Project" in the memo line. For more information, please contact us.