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Music of Remembrance: Violins of Hope

Past event
$55 / $30 / $5

Sunday, March 1, 2020 (PDT) @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Music of Remembrance

Mieczysclaw Weinberg – Aria for string quartet, Op. 9
Mikhail Shmidt (violin), Natasha Bazhanov (violins), 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 (violins), 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)

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 will bring 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 will be performing 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 will mark 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.

Tickets: $55 ($30 age 30 & under, $5 Teen Tix)

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