2017-03-15 / Arts & Entertainment

Celebrated violinist to perform at ‘Forbidden Art’ reception Sunday in Wixom


The City of Wixom is proud to announce that renowned violinist Sonia Lee will perform at the “Forbidden Art” reception to be held at the Wixom Community Center this Sunday.

Lee has performed with the Three Tenors, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, the Toronto Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. Additionally, she has performed for CNN’s Larry King and was featured in the first season of the television show “America’s Got Talent.”

The City of Wixom will open the “Forbidden Art” exhibit with an almost-black-tie reception at the Wixom Community Center at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. The reception will open with author, historian and distinguished lecturer Teresa Wontor-Cichy of the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum of Poland who will deliver her emotional interpretation of the art and artists featured in the exhibit. Following the introduction, guests will mingle while enjoying music, wine and appetizers provided by local sponsors. Guests will also be treated to a private 45-minute group viewing of the exhibit. Tickets for the reception are $25 and can be purchased online at the city website.

The Forbidden Art exhibit will be installed at the Wixom Public Library from March 20 through April 6. The exhibit is made up of 20 large color photos of drawings and sculptures made by inmates of the Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Ravensbrück concentration camps during WWII.

The exhibit was developed and is presented in North America by The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in exclusive partnership with the Auschwitz- Birkenau State Museum of Poland. It has been displayed at prominent institutions such as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and UCLA. The City of Wixom is the first municipality to host this exhibit.

The City of Wixom exhibit is funded in part through a grant provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Anton Art Center.

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