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Violins of Hope

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A young man brings his grandfather’s violin to Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein for repair. When Weinstein opens it, he finds black powder inside, soon realizing it is ashes from the crematoria of Auschwitz where the grandfather had last played the instrument. Amnon and his son, Avshi, begin collecting more Holocaust violins, restoring them and learning from the owners their stories of injustice, suffering, resilience, and survival.

In a moving and unforgettable program, you will experience in performance what the owners heard as they played these instruments. Read the Story of the Hecht Violin >

A musical journey from Holocaust to hope.


Consider coming to the performance early and join us for a pre-concert chat from the stage at 6:45 pm until 7:05 pm featuring Sonia Lazar, and maestro Daniel Raiskin.

Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Joseph Achron: Hebrew Melody, Op. 33
Rudolf Sieczynski: Vienna, My City of Dreams
John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List
Marc Lavry: Three Jewish Dances*
Myroslav Skoryk: Melody
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90


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*Special thanks to the Marc Lavry Heritage Society for their support. For more information on this work, please visit

Performing Artists

Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Gwen Hoebig, violin (Violins of Hope: The Hecht Violin)
Sonia Lazar, violin (Violins of Hope)
James Manishen, host
Shelley Faintuch, host

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