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JAN 12, 2018

Pianist George Laks To Present Los Angeles Museum Of The Holocaust Benefit Concert ‘Remembering Micky’


Beverly Hills Courier

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will present “Remembering Micky: A Life Sustained by the Power of Music,” a benefit concert by pianist George Laks at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 at the museum in Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr. , L.A.

The keyboard player for Lenny Kravitz and a classically trained musician, Laks will perform music and share stories of his grandmother, “Micky” (Elga Blumenreich), a German-Jewish musician and Holocaust survivor.

In the 1930s, 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, she 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 died in 1982.

Laks will be accompanied by his 13-year-old daughter, Ruby Laks (a drummer like her great grandmother), violinist Leah Zeger (who has played with Miley Cyrus, CeeLo Green, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder and Electric Light Orchestra)and bassist Pj Wyderka (who has performed with indie artist Nedelle Torrisi and renowned gypsy jazz artist Gonzalo Bergara).

Tickets are $75, $250 for the performance and a reception with Laks are $250.  All proceeds benefit the museum.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.lamoth.org.