Book Talk with Author and Musician Janet Horvath

Join us for a book talk with  Janet Horvath for a discussion on how she unearthed the secrets of the past. A sweeping history of three generations darkened by the long shadow of the Holocaust, The Cello Still Sings is a vivid, moving, and true story of personal discovery. As a child Janet is haunted by the eerie hush surrounding her parents’ experiences. George and Katherine, two professional musicians and Holocaust survivors, bury the memories of who and what they were before, silencing the past in order to live. Music is their lifeline.

A lifelong performing classical musician, as the associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1980-2012, Janet Horvath is a writer, anti-racism spokesperson, and advocate for injury prevention for musicians. She has performed in recital, chamber music, and as soloist with orchestras throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and has given masterclasses and seminars for orchestras and conservatories from coast to coast. She has appeared on CBC, BBC, and NPR radio stations, and PBS television and is a popular guest speaker, live and on podcasts.

Her first book Playing (less) Hurt – An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians received international critical acclaim, winning a gold IPPY award in 2009. After 32 years in the MN Orchestra Janet went back to school to get her MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. Janet’s book traces her career and that of her father and it reads like a mystery as she unravel the secrets of her parents’ past.


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