playing for life



Rutgers-Newark offers programs to more than 12,000 students through colleges, professional schools and research institutes, including the Institute of Jazz Studies.  According to U.S. News & World Report it is the most diverse national university in the U.S., partly due to a large refugee population.  No other school has been so recognized.

In September 2018 Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor tasked Jazz Institute executive director Wayne Winborn to serve as the Project’s primary partner in bringing Two Pianos to that campus, where Halina Neuman was professor of piano for the last ten years of her career.

In addition to the performance event, live podcasts, expert panel discussions on immigration issues, and other activities are planned to highlight excerpts from the Two Pianos performance videos, recorded Holocaust testimony of Halina's daughter Jola Hoffman; the event's relevance to current academic challenges; and life choices young emigrés face pursuing education or careers.

Institutional Partners

The Institute of Jazz Studies has reached out to Rutgers and Newark arts and faith-based entities to support the performance event and related activities.  Special thanks to Kean University for providing access to digital footage from a 1987 Holocaust Oral History video interview of Jola Hoffman, now in the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

Financial, in-kind and volunteer support for Two Pianos October 2019 Events

Rutgers will provide the venue (Paul Robeson Center), audience-building and performance  / reception support.  Plans are in process for a New York City preview before the Newark events.

Two Pianos Project supplementary fundraising will target budget gaps not filled by our collaborating partners.

Supplementary contributions are welcome from individual or institutional donors by credit card on-line by clicking this link , or by check payable to Fractured Atlas with "Two Pianos:  Playing for Life" in the memo line.  For more information, please contact us.