Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Violins of Hope: Music Transcending the Holocaust

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Jerome Richfield 214

Violins of HopeViolins of Hope: Music Transcending the Holocaust

The Violins of Hope project was created to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, based on a private collection of over 60 violins, violas, and cellos all restored since the end of World War II. The instruments were collected by Amnon Weinstein and his son in Tel Aviv, who restored these instruments so they may continue to be played and tell the story of their previous owners who lived during the Holocaust. The violins will be "in residence" at CSUN's Soraya Center for the Performing Arts this spring. 

Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi, currently artist-in-residence at the CSUN Soraya, is a Julliard-trained musician who has played concerts around the world.  He is among the few musicians in the country to have one of the Violins of Hope in his possession. He and music educator Dr. Anthony Cantrell (CSUN) will introduce the story of the Violins of Hope and discuss the effect of the Holocaust on Jewish musicians.  Mr. Ashkenazi will tell the story behind his violin and perform a short, classical piece for the audience. 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required – this is a college classroom. Please call (818) 677 - 4724 or email to request a seat. For your convenience, a map to the event is provided.