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Members' Trip to Two Pianos: Playing for Life

  • Settlement Music School 416 Queen Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)

7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St., Philadelphia

$50 for ticket and reception
$72 for ticket, reception, and private "meet and greet" with the musicians

All tickets purchased through the Museum support both the Jüdische Kulturbund Project and the Museum's educational work.

As a Member, you are invited to join us for a one-night-only premiere musical performance that highlights the resiliency of the human spirit. Two Pianos features Brahms, Arensky, and other selections with in-character readings performed by internationally acclaimed duo Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro.

This multimedia performance re-creates the stories of classical pianists, Anna Bieler and Halina Neuman who met as "alien student residents" at the Leipzig Conservatory in the 1920s and played two-piano concerts with the Leipzig Kulturbund under the Third Reich, cementing a lifelong friendship.

Performance followed by a light dessert reception and an opportunity to view a pop up exhibition with artifact cases on the Jewish Kulturbund.

This premiere is dedicated to Tania Bieler Haftel (1933-2017). The program coincides with the 100th anniversary of Settlement Music School and Leonard Bernstein’s centenary. Notably, Anna Bieler taught at Settlement Music School for many decades, and so it is only fitting as the location for this performance. All guests will have the opportunity to meet Nora Jean Levin, Anna Burstein Bieler-Suwalski’s daughter, and Ken Hoffman, Halina Neuman's oldest grandson.

The Jüdische Kulturbund (the Jewish Kulturbund) was started by a group of Jewish Berlin artists who were dismissed from their jobs and convinced the Nazis they should have their own cultural association. The Kulturbund existed from 1933 to 1941 and had thousands of members at its peak; it performed in 42 theaters across Germany. When the Kulturbund closed, some members emigrated or went into hiding, most were sent to the camps.