Introduction by Susan Graham
Collected Works is proud to present the Zavistovski family to celebrate the release of their new book, Children and Fish Don’t Talk on Monday the 5th of August, at 5 pm.
The Zavistovskis will be introduced by well-known American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, currently starring in the Santa Fe Opera's production of Offenbach's The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.
Children and Fish Don’t Talk is an epic chronicle about Leshek’s adventures with Nazis, Communists and the Metropolitan Opera.
In the winter of 1964, three weeks after defecting from Poland and the night after playing a flashy holiday performance with the Rockettes at Radio City, Leshek Zavistovski was arrested and faced deportation to a gulag. His troubles started, however, long before he was a fugitive cellist behind bars.
As a four-year-old child, Leshek Zavistovski was abandoned in a remote Polish village, kidnapped, and swept into the advancing Red Army. Thus his perils began. He recounts in thrilling detail his father’s defiance against the Nazis in the Warsaw Uprising, the ghastly deeds of Cossacks and the Soviet KGB, the hilarious antics of a foreigner at the height of McCarthyism, the vibrant world of the Metropolitan Opera in the 1960s, his elderly mother’s foxy attempt to crush the Iron Curtain with homemade posters and glue, and numerous encounters with Polish sausage. It is a breathtaking tale of survival, taking readers from the poverty of post-war Poland to the lavish dinner tables of America’s rich and famous.
Please join us for an event that is sure to please any musician or opera fan.