Concert: Violins of Hope

Thursday, April 08, 2021

5:00 PM
Presented By
Music of Remembrance
Event Type
Event Contact
Steve Griggs

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.

“Wherever there were violins, there was hope.” – Amnon Weinstein

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.

Ensemble Name
Music of Remembrance
Mikhail Shmidt, Natasha Bazhanov, Artur Girsky, Susan Gulkis Assadi, Laura DeLuca, Walter Gray
Miecysclaw Weinberg, Hans Krása, David Beigelman, Erwin Schulhoff, Betty OliveroGideon Klein,

Miecysclaw Weinberg Aria, op. 9 (1942)

Mikhail Shmidt and Natasha Bazhanov, violins; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello


Hans Krása Dance (Terezin, 1943)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello


David Beigelman Dybbuk Dances (Lodz, 1925)

Natasha Bazhanov and Artur Girsky, violins


Erwin Schulhoff Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)

Mikhail Shmidt and Natasha Bazhanov, violins; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello


Gideon Klein String Trio (Terezin, 1944)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello


Betty Olivero "Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz" from The Golem (1997)

Laura DeLuca, clarinet soloist

 Mikhail Shmidt and Artur Girsky, violins; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello

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