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Duelling Pianists

Duelling Pianists

Written by Shanie Levin

The fifth session of the Empowerment Series of 2018-2019 took place at Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Richmond on Monday, June 24th, co-sponsored by Jewish Seniors Alliance and Kehila Society of Richmond. This year’s theme was “Renewing and Reinventing Ourselves” and this fifth session lived up to the theme.

As usual the program was preceded by a tasty lunch provided by Stacy Kettleman. About 120 of us enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and salads for a charge of only $12.  Rabbi Adam Rubin of Beth Tikvah Congregation did the HaMotzi and Toby Rubin, Co-Executive Director of the Kehila Society, welcomed everyone.  Besides many members of Kehila seniors group and members of JSA, we were joined by a large group from L’Chaim Adult Day Care.


We then moved to the sanctuary for the program—”Dueling Pianists”. Ken Levitt, president of JSA, emphasized the motto of JSA, “Seniors Stronger Together”. He described the importance of the Peer Support Program where seniors offer support to lonely and isolated seniors. He also urged everyone to become a supporter of JSA.

Toby then introduced the “Duelling Pianists”, Marilyn Glazer and Lester Soo. Both are accomplished musicians and piano instructors. The duo have known each other for 35 years and have been playing duets for much of that time. They find great joy in playing together. These duets are played on one piano, four hands. They began with four Hungarian rhapsodies and continued with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachmusik. They then played a number of Gershwin tunes and ended with Cole Porter. The crowd loved it.

Toby Rubin ended the afternoon by thanking the pianists for their wonderful performance. The JSA Snider Foundation Empowerment Series certainly ended on a high note. Watch for the series to begin again in the Fall.  As usual we will partner with other senior groups in the community.




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