Pianist Sandra Shapiro will perform the first program of her new project titled Musical Roots: Exploring Cultural Heritage and Influences, a series of four musical narratives. In My Father's Footsteps-a daughter';s search for answers is the story of her discovering the man she called “Abba” (Hebrew for father) by tracing his journey through life. Sandra explains:
My father died when I was quite young so I never had the chance to really know him as an adult. Born in Soviet Russia in 1923, my father’s life unfolded as a fantastic portrayal of courage and perserverance in pursuing his dreams. My search for answers uncovered his many roles and adventures: WWII as a medic in the Russian army, serving as a doctor in a DP camp in Berlin's Russian sector, a daring escape from Stalin’s clutches to Foehrenwald DP camp in the American sector, a brief time in Argentina, recruited to the newly formed Israel, and finally to America where I was born. The music presented in this recital will reflect what I was able to learn about his life, the places he lived, joys and hardships, and his final years.
“A sensitive, passionate and noble Muse...Compelling...Brilliant...Liquid sound and colors..Great artistry...”, are descriptions that have been attributed to pianist, Sandra Shapiro. Ms. Shapiro enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, adjudicator and recording artist throughout the United States and Europe. Known as a versatile performer, she appears as soloist both in recitals and with orchestras, and as a highly sought-after chamber musician. She has received national and international awards along with glowing reviews and recognition in each of these areas.