Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents “Remembering Micky: A Life Sustained by the Power of Music,” an intimate and unique benefit concert by pianist George Laks, on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. at the museum.
Laks, a classically trained musician who also previously played keyboards for Lenny Kravitz. will perform music and tell stories about his grandmother, Elga “Micky” 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. During World War II, she drummed in the Auschwitz women’s orchestra under bandleader Alma Rosé, niece of composer Gustav Mahler. After Auschwitz was liberated, she was reunited with her husband and daughter and later moved to Canada, where she continued to play drums until she passed away in 1982.
Laks will be accompanied by his 13-year-old daughter, drummer Ruby Laks; violinist Leah Zeger, who has played with Miley Cyrus, CeeLo Green, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder and Electric Light Orchestra; and bassist P.J. Wyderka, who has performed with indie artist Nedelle Torrisi and gypsy jazz artist Gonzalo Bergara.
Tickets to the concert are $75; $250 for tickets to the performance and a reception with Laks. Proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive.
For information, visit lamoth.org.
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