Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Today these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce key lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity that are pertinent now as well as for future generations.
Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, has devoted the last 20 years to locating and restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who were lost, including 400 of his own relatives. He calls these the Violins of Hope. Weinstein has restored more than 60 violins as a way to reclaim his lost heritage, give a voice to the victims, and reinforce positive messages of hope and harmony.
The Violins of Hope have been played in concert halls and exhibited in museums throughout the world. They have been featured in books, print, film and television. They have been used in lectures and educational programs and their stories and messages have impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Violins of Hope will transcend religious and other barriers to facilitate a community-wide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression and the importance of cooperation and collaboration to achieve common goals.
The Violins of Hope program will feature:
• Free, multi-media exhibition of 21 Violins of Hope and their stories at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
• Two orchestral concerts featuring Grammy-award winning violinist Gil Shaham
• Tribute concert honoring Holocaust survivors and their families as well as those that perished
• Chamber concerts at various locations
• Adult lecture series designed by ASU’s Center for Jewish Studies
• Teacher training sessions on the Holocaust by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Bureau of Jewish Education
• Photography exhibition at the Cutler- Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center featuring over 70 photos of Amnon Weinstein restoring the Violins of Hope
• Book signing and lecture by Violins of Hope author, James Grymes.
Many events are free or low-cost to encourage participation. For more information: https://violinsofhopephoenix.com/