Linda Kass Takes Audiences “From Truth to Imagination”

LKassJCC Jewish Bookfair continues with “From Truth to Imagination” featuring Columbus native Linda Kass, author of Tasa’s Song, and Suzuki Music Columbus on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the JCC.  This special event is produced in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center and Columbus Jewish Historical Society.

Tasa’s Song tells the story of a young girl growing up in eastern Poland during World War II who is a violin prodigy. Although not a prodigy, stories from Kass’s mother of playing violin as a child inspired the character Tasa and many of the dramatic touch points in the novel were true experiences from her mother’s youth in Poland.

Kass inherited a love of music from both of her parents and played classical piano at a young age. Music plays a large role in Kass’s personal life and her work.

“Music has gone from these personal experiences and infiltrated my novel,” says Kass. “The kinds of music that I included in Tasa’s repertoire or what Tasa was thinking about, they were always there to help tell the story.”

Music is also what makes this event unique. Kass and young string musicians from Suzuki Music Columbus will take the audience through the stages of Tasa’s life in both words and music. Kass will share events in her mother’s own experiences and take audiences on a journey into the fictional world of Tasa’s Song.

“Being part of this literary, historical and musical collaboration, even for those of us participating, it is a transporting experience. Everything is more powerful together,” explains Kass.

“I’m thrilled that the Jewish Community Center and the Columbus Jewish Historical Society have come together for this,” says Kass. “Both organizations are encouraging and honoring historical storytelling so we can experience a world larger than our own. I really appreciate them doing that for our community.”

Tickets are available for purchase at columbusjewishhistory.org. For more information, contact Cheryl Dritz at cdritz@columbusjcc.org or (614) 559-6238.