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DEC 5, 2014

LAMOTH Inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital Held Nov. 23

By: Ryan Torok, Jewish Journal

From left: Jacqueline Wax, Jonah Goldberg, Jasmine Elisha, Grace Alexander, Elizabeth Chou, Mona Golabek, Adam Amster, Tali Tadmor, Dave Mandi, Camille De Beus and Josh Abel participated in the LAMOTH program. Photo by Clemens Fessler

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital took place Nov. 23 at the museum. The event featured performances by Jacqueline Wax, 17, a senior at Milken Community Schools; Jonah Goldberg, 14, a freshman at Calabasas High School; Adam Amster, 11, a sixth-grader at Paul Revere Middle School; Elizabeth Chou, 12, a seventh-grader at Paul Revere Middle School; Josh Abel, 16, a junior at Hamilton High School; Jasmine Elisha, 15, a sophomore at Hamilton High School; Camille De Beus, 17, a senior at Santa Monica High School; Dave Mandi, 15, a sophomore at Pacific Palisades Charter High School; and Grace Alexander, 13, an eighth-grader at John Adams Middle School.  The Trio Catalyst, which features Wax, Aaron Feldman and David Sackler, also performed. Each performer played on the museum’s historic Bluthner piano.   

Pianist, author and actress Mona Golabek was featured in the program. Her mother, Lisa Jura, a piano prodigy who was saved from the Holocaust by the Kindertransport, is the subject of Golabek’s book “The Children of Willesden Lane,” which inspired the one-woman show starring Golabek, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.”

De Beus and Alexander represented the museum as LAMOTH Ambassadors of Music and Memory during the Los Angeles Unified School District citywide reading of “The Children of Willesden Lane,” which took place at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts during the week of Nov. 3. The remaining students who performed at LAMOTH were recognized as Stewards of Memory and Music. 

Los Angeles based-pianist Tali Tadmor serves as program director of the LAMOTH Musical Ambassador program, which “is an opportunity for teenage students to learn about and advance the mission of Holocaust education and commemoration through music,” a press release said. 

The initiative was open to all California middle school and high school students, who were required to audition, complete essay questions, turn in recommendations from their respective music teachers and more. 

Read the full story in the Jewish Journal here.