Unearthing Family Secrets

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center
Event Type
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Guns, Alaina Mary
(715) 836-4082

Janet Horvath and Heather McLaughlin will perform and Janet will talk about her parents, both Holocaust survivors.

Janet Horvath, the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal cello from 1980 to 2012, is a lifelong performing classical musician, soloist, and speaker.

As a child of Holocaust survivors, Janet was haunted by the eerie hush surrounding her parents’ experiences. Music, a constant mollifying presence, offset the disquiet of her childhood. After decades of secrets, Janet was able to unearth the mysteries of her parents’ deeply hidden traumas, and since then, the burdens and responsibilities of her heritage have shaped her life. Janet hopes to counteract the consequences of intolerance, and with her new book in progress Piercing the Silence: A Memoir in Three Concerts she endeavors to stimulate dialogue about inequality and the ramifications of intolerance, especially now that the Holocaust generation is almost gone.

Named “…one of the most talented and elegant pianists in the region” (by composer David Evan Thomas), Heather MacLaughlin is one of the Twin Cities’ leading collaborative pianists. She comes from a musical family and has made four recordings with her father, tenor Tom MacLaughlin. She has collaborated with Pinchas and Arianna Zukerman, baritone David Malis, and violist Cynthia Phelps, as well as cellist, Janet Horvath among others. MacLaughlin has been heard as both chamber musician and soloist on National and Minnesota Public Radio.

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Janet Horvath
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A Canadian native, Janet Horvath has performed as soloist and in recital throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
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