That was an amazing experience. There are about 2,000 survivors left now of the 10,000 original Kindertransport children. About 1,000 people showed up for that event, and Richard Attenborough, the director, was the keynote speaker because his family took in two sisters from the Kindertransport. What was most touching was that my niece Sarah, who I think was 9 years old at the time, said to the audience in a little squeaky voice, "I make a pledge to you that I will tell my children, so you will never be forgotten, what you went through." What all of this is about is, who's going to tell the stories when they're gone and pass it on?
You've been combining words with music since you launched your radio show in 1998. How did that come about and when does it air in L.A.?
It airs on K-Mozart — KMZT [1260 AM] here in Los Angeles on Sunday nights from 9 to 11 in the evenings. Being a concert pianist and touring is a very lonely profession. I was doing 150, 200 dates a year. I would come off the road and find myself crashing into a kind of — I wouldn't want to say depression — but you're not part of the normal life here of your family and friends. And you're exhausted. And I thought, do I really want to do this for an entire life?