New York pianist Roger Peltzman’s one-person show, Dedication, recounts his family’s tragic history fleeing the Nazis in war-torn Europe using drama, humor, powerful images and musical performances of everything from blues to Chopin.
Drawn into the story of people he never knew, Peltzman develops a “relationship” with his uncle, Norbert Stern, a brilliant pianist who was murdered in Auschwitz at age 21. Learning that Holocaust trauma can be inherited, Peltzman recounts his coming to terms with second generation survivor trauma and the role of music in helping to manage wounds that will never fully heal. A singular tale from the Holocaust that is at once extraordinary and relatable.
In August 2022 Dedication made its live theater premier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnering 4-star reviews from critics and overwhelming response from audience members. Dedication again received universal critical acclaim during its three-week run-in London in June, 2023. The show has been nominated for best performance piece at the 2024 London Offie awards. The film version of the play was selected by eleven international film festivals.
ROGER PELTZMAN is a pianist and teacher in New York City. Among his many public performances, Roger has played to sold out audiences at Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York's cutting-edge venue—Le Poisson Rouge and various concert venues in Europe. He is also an actor, writer, theater producer and film director.
DR. THOMAS LUTZ was the head of the Memorial Museums Department of the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin, and active in Holocaust education and research at the national (German) and international level.
LUCAS BLONDEEL is professor of piano and fortepiano at the University of Arts in Berlin and an internationally renowned pianist who performs on both modern and historical instruments.