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Music of Remembrance: Violins of Hope for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Free

Thursday, April 8, 2021 (PDT) @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Music of Remembrance

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Music of Remembrance marks Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 8, 2021) with a special one-time free stream of the March 1, 2020 program that featured the Violins of Hope.

Violins of Hope is a unique project inspired by a private collection of violins, violas, and cellos lovingly restored over the past two decades by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein. The instruments all belonged to Jews who played them before and during the Holocaust. Many were donated by or bought from survivors; some arrived through family members and many simply carry Stars of David as a decoration and an identity tag declaring: “We were played by proud people.” These precious instruments can now be heard again even though their former owners were silenced.

Music of Remembrance brought a quartet of the Violins of Hope instruments to Seattle for a special narrated concert at Benaroya Hall on March 1, featuring the core members of the Music of Remembrance ensemble, all members of the Seattle Symphony. These artists performed on the Holocaust-era Violins of Hope instruments in a program of music by composers lost to the Holocaust. The Violins of Hope visit in 2020 marked an important milestone, 75 years after the defeat of the Third Reich. Even as the number of living survivors continues to dwindle, Violins of Hope helps to keep stories and memories alive.

Program:

Mieczysław Weinberg – Aria, Op. 9
Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Walter Gray, cello

Hans Krása – Dance
Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Walter Gray, cello

David Beigelman – Dybbuk Dances
Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Artur Girsky, violin

Erwin Schulhoff – Five Pieces for String Quartet
Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Walter Gray, cello

Gideon Klein – String Trio
Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Walter Gray, cello

Betty Olivero – “Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz” from The Golem
Laura DeLuca, clarinet
Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Artur Girsky, violins
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Walter Gray, cello

The broadcast will take place at 5pm Pacific.

Watch the broadcast here

Link to donate: https://www.musicofremembrance.org/support

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