On Sunday, January 26 at 3:00pm, PBS Fort Wayne aired the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra concert,“Violins of Hope: The Violins Live On,” that was recorded in concert at the Rhinehart Center For The Performing Arts, Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
This performance special features works by three Jewish composers linked to the Holocaust, giving a modern voice to the violins that have survived and lived on. Works by Lukas Foss, Erwin Schulhoff, and Philip Glass are performed with special guests including Ashlee Bickley, mezzo-soprano, Shelby Lewis, narrator, Violetta Todorova, violin, and Kevin Wang, piano.
PBS Fort Wayne teamed up with Violins of Hope Fort Wayne, led by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, to highlight the work of nearly 30 organizations from across the community in presenting the historic Violins of Hope to Northeast Indiana this fall. Violins of Hope comprise a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. These instruments survived concentration camps, pogroms, and many long journeys and now tell remarkable stories of justice and free expression.
Learn more about Violins of Hope and get a preview of the events surrounding its Fort Wayne exhibition in this conversation with project organizers Jaki Schreier, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, and Jim Palermo, Managing Director, Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Violins of Hope, Strings of the Holocaust: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm — Aired on 39.1
Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, narrated by Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody, is a documentary featuring Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust. Some were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis.
PrimeTime39: Author James Grymes, “Violins of Hope” Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm — Aired on 39.1
Musicologist and author James Grymes will discuss his chronicling of the beautiful and haunting history of violins played by Jews in the Holocaust. “Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust – Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour” received a National Jewish Book Award.
PrimeTime39: Violins of Hope Fort Wayne – Avshalom Weinstein Friday, December 20 at 7:30 pm– Encore of the original November 16 Broadcast.
Avshalom Weinstein is a third-generation violin maker and restorer. Weinstein’s paternal grandfather, Moshe, who immigrated to Israel in 1938, started to buy Holocaust violins after the war, when other Jewish immigrants, with no homes to return to, started also to make their way to Israel. Weinstein discusses the preservation work that has become known as Violins of Hope and talks of several violins brought to Fort Wayne for the exhibition and performances.