Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area

Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope, Courtesy: Amnon Weinstein

Mauthausen concentration camp orchestra

Mauthausen concentration camp orchestra
(Photo: SS Hauptscharführer Paul Ricken,
30 July 1942 – Digital Archive Yad Vashem)

From mid-January through mid-March 2020, Music at Kohl Mansion will host Violins of Hope-San Francisco Bay Area, (VOH-SFBA) an immersive multi-week celebration of the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. Through a series of concerts, lectures, exhibitions, community conversations, and educational programs collaboratively presented by more than twenty diverse Bay Area organizations, MAKM will showcase part of a collection of 60 string instruments played by Jews in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Lovingly restored and repurposed by Israeli violin-makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinsteinthe Violins are now touring worldwide.

Thrilling World Premiere Announced

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Music at Kohl Mansion has commissioned renowned composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer to write a chamber work for mezzo-soprano, violin soloist and string quartet which will be performed on instruments from the collection. It will receive its world premiere on the Music at Kohl stage and will be repeated in a variety of community concerts, outreach events and education programs that make up the eight-week Violins of Hope – SFBA project.

Coming to Music at Kohl Mansion in January 2020, the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope”.

Jake Heggie

Jake Heggie (Photo: Karen Almond)

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer (Photo: Robert Hart)

Community Engagement

Concerts featuring Klezmer, Cajun, Turkish, Celtic and Gypsy violin music in addition to classical performances will bring these violins into diverse communities across the Bay Area, encouraging conversations that celebrate our differences as we cherish the values we share. 

In these troubling times of division, Music at Kohl Mansion will engage all sectors of our community so that together, we may all better understand how our common humanity can create and sustain a global community – compassionate, hopeful and just. 

Partners

  • Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
  • Congregation Emanu-El
  • Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest
  • Facing History and Ourselves
  • Grace Cathedral
  • Jewish Community Center East Bay
  • Jewish Community Center San Francisco
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center
  • Mercy High School Burlingame
  • New Century Chamber Orchestra
  • Oakland Symphony Orchestra
  • Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
  • Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
  • Peninsula Jewish Community Center
  • Peninsula Sypmphony Orchestra
  • San Francisco Interfaith Council
  • San Mateo Public Library
  • St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany
  • Under One Tent, Contra Costa & Tri Valley Jewish Book & Arts Festival
  • Veretski Pass
  • Young Chamber Musicians
  • Under One Tent
  • America-Israel Cultural Foundation (NY)
  • Music of Remembrance, Seattle (WA)

Each violin has a unique and captivating story chronicled by author James A. Grymes in his book  “Violins of the Holocaust-Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour.”

Amnon Weinstein in his Tel Aviv workshop

Amnon Weinstein in his Tel Aviv workshop (Photo: Debra Yasinow)

Auschwitz Violin
Collection of Amnon Weinstein

The list of community and organizational partners continues to expand. For information or to explore partnership opportunities, contact Patricia Kristof Moy, Executive Director, at director@musicatkohl.org or Pam Lampkin, Development Manager, at development@musicatkohl.org or call 650.762.1130.

Details of the concerts, Heggie/Scheer premiere and public events will be announced at a later date.

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