playing for life


Leipzig Concert Documentary Performance, Mendelssohn Conservatory, 30 June 2019
The Back Story, Grieg Haus, 29 June 2019

Leipzig -- Germany's former cultural capitol -- was an early socialist and Nazi Party hotbed that historically experienced migration from Eastern Europe.   It also 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 with their descendants 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 around the world.

Institutional Partners

Two Pianos-Leipzig came to life when it became a formal project of The Synagogue and Meeting Center Leipzig eV under direction of Gisela Kallenbach (former Member, EU Parliament and Saxony Bundestag) and her fellow board members.  The Center, part of Leipzig’s interfaith community center Ariowitsch-Haus, serves as a hub for Jewish heritage through holiday celebrations, programming and community education.

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 performance salon of music publisher Edition Peters' Grieg Haus where Grieg, Mahler and other composers previewed their compositions.  Anna and her friend Tanya held Peters Scholarships as Conservatory students.  In 2014 Peters moved its world headquarters back to its original building in Leipzig. 

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 Hall (formerly the Small Hall), Anna and her friends performed in student recitals and graduation examinations..

Gisela Kallenbach (Ariowitsch Haus) and Gabriele Goldfus (Director, Office for International Affairs, City of Leipzig) introduced both events, which were free to the public. For a highlights video, see link above.
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 through Fractured Atlas, the Project's Fiscal Sponsor. For more information, please contact us.