The Nightingale's Sonata Program with Thomas Wolf

Sunday, March 03, 2024 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Building 14, Killian Hall
160 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02139

With two acclaimed musicians and over 100 historical photographs, author Thomas Wolf recounts the compelling story behind his award-winning book, The Nightingale’s Sonata. The tale takes us from the shores of the Black Sea to the Tsar’s palace to Carnegie Hall to Boston and Tanglewood and beyond. In it, Wolf recounts the life of Lea Luboshutz, the first internationally known female violinist, her incomparable Stradivarius violin (the “Nightingale”), and her multi-generational musical family of which he is a member. Against the odds of pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and the Holocaust, this Jewish family triumphed again and again. The fascinating narrative tells their personal stories while sketching the history of classical music in the 20th century. Through the adversity they faced, family members were linked by a remarkable piece of music, César Franck’s sonata for violin and piano, which will be played live during the program. Signed copies of Thomas Wolf’s book will also be available.

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