George Laks & Lenny Kravitz “Micky” (Elga Blumenreich) Ruby Laks George Laks & Ruby Laks George Laks & Lenny Kravitz

Sunday, January 21, at 4:00 pm

 

Remembering Micky: 

A Life Sustained By The Power of Music

 

A concert to benefit Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

 

Featuring pianist George Laks (keyboardist for Lenny Kravitz) and his daughter, Ruby Laks, on drums

 

Playing music and sharing stories of George Laks' grandmother, “Micky” (Elga Blumenreich), a German-Jewish musician and Holocaust survivor

 

In the 1930's, Micky played drums in a band led by her husband, George  Shiells, and traveled throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy performing the popular music of the times. During World War II, Micky drummed in the Auschwitz women’s orchestra under bandleader Alma Rosé, niece of Gustav Mahler. After Auschwitz was liberated, she was reunited with her husband and daughter and later moved to Canada, where she continued to play the drums until she passed away in 1982.


TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE

 

General admission

$75

VIP (includes private reception & premium seating)   

$250

All proceeds benefit Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust


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The Performers:

George Laks (piano) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied classical piano from age five with Irene Rowlin & Rosemarie Plueschow. After completing high school, George was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston. Upon graduation, George moved to New York City and worked in clubs playing blues, jazz, R&B, funk and rock & roll with Bill Sims Jr. and other NYC artists. In 1993, George was given an opportunity to audition for Lenny Kravitz and was hired immediately to tour the world supporting Lenny’s platinum selling album “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” For 25 years, George has been performing internationally, made numerous network television appearances and has contributed to several top ten studio albums, documentary and Hollywood soundtracks. He is also the proud father to two beautiful children, Ruby & Oliver Laks.

Ruby Laks (drums) began studying classical piano at age five and playing around informally on drums a couple years later. By age ten, Ruby formed a rock trio called “The Background Turkeys” and performed rock covers by Nirvana, The White Stripes and The Pixies. Ruby was a member of the Princeton Girl Choir and performed with them for two years as both an alto and a soprano (though she always preferred soprano). She performed at Princeton University in the opera "Tobias and The Angel" alongside counter tenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. At eleven, Ruby moved to Los Angeles and attended The Colburn School to study opera. It was there that she was led to her current drum teacher, Jerry Kalaf, who has been instructing her on everything from rudiments to various drum styles ever since. She is an 8th grade student at El Rodeo Middle School. In addition to music and singing, Ruby maintains an ongoing interest in acting, writing and directing. And lastly, she is so grateful to be performing such personal and significant music at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Leah Zeger (violin), born and raised in Houston, Texas, comes from a family of professional symphony musicians. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she double-majored in opera and violin.  At 19 years of age, she won a tenured position in the first violin section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and established herself as a prominent jazz singer/violinist in the Austin jazz scene with her own quartet. While in Austin, she dueled with Charlie Daniels and appeared on Austin City Limits with both Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson, and headlined the Austin Jazz Festival with her own band, Leah and the Moonlighters. In 2010, Zeger moved to Los Angeles and became a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In the last few years, she has performed as a soloist with Miley Cyrus, Ceelo Green, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, and Electric Light Orchestra. In 2014 , she recorded and produced her second album, “Pour Moi" and produced and starred in her first major music video, "The Man I Love."

Paul (Pj) Wyderka (bass), a SoCal native, graduated from USC with a  Bachelor’s of Music degree specializing in bass performance, studying with celebrated teachers John Clayton and Dennis Trembly. He plays electric bass  with alt indie darling Nedelle Torrisi  and upright bass with renowned gypsy jazz artist Gonzalo Bergara, touring extensively throughout the country and overseas. For the last two years the group has played a series of concerts around Russia as part of the US State Department's Cultural Affairs program. Pj also plays regularly with LA lounge legends, Marty and Elayne, at the Dresden in Los Feliz. Pj teaches guitar and bass and in his spare time writes electronic music and works on a feature length musical.