Premiere Discussion Panel - Left to Right: Ken Hoffman, Diana Shapiro (Halina), Michael Levin (Hirsch), Jean Levin, Stanislava Varshavsky (Anna), Gail Prensky
PRAISE: TWO PIANOS PREMIERE
""The notion of motherhood under pressure struck a powerful chord,” Jean Levin said. “While these women were practicing, playing and performing, they were also married with young children, juggling family and childcare.” The courage her mother and Schulsinger showed playing through adversity became a key theme for the performance. “This is all about resilience and secret resistance,” Michael Levin said. “They used their art as a way of preserving personal space. It was a way for them to endure. They kept playing through everything.”"
-- Jewish Exponent (Philadephia), "Concert Plays Tune of Resilience and History"
"A historically resonant presentation . . .[that] grows from dark and tangled memories."
-- Pennsylvania Gazette (Oct. 2018), "Nothing Mattered But the Music"
"‘A salute to the human spirit, with two accomplished young pianists, immigrants from the Ukraine and Russia, playing some of the music that Anna and her pianist partner Halina played at Kulturbund concerts in the 1930s. And the music they played was sublime!"
-- Main Line Media News. Link to full article
"Deeply moving as well as artistically beautiful and educational. An amazing fusion of history, concert, and family photo album."
-- Mary Felley, Program Coordinator, Adult Chamber Players, Settlement Music School
"What a glorious evening. Everything was perfect - superb musicians, fascinating story, brilliant research. Couldn’t have been better."
-- Susan Glazer, Dean, Philadelphia College of the Arts (ret.), Philadelphia PA
"An old and new tale, poignant and [dramatic]. All in one, a human survival story. Thank you so much!"
-- Iryna Shahova, born Kiev, naturalized American, Gaithersburg MD
"Fantastic, touching and impressive! Everything -- organization, exhibit, concert, performance, the whole mood -- was extraordinary and memorable."
-- Igor Mizine & Marina Mizina, born Leningrad, naturalized Americans, Rockville MD
"Amazing testimony to the power of music."
-- Marlea Gruver, Adult Chamber Players performer, Philadelphia