“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it.”

—Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor

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Violins of Hope

January 23


“Where there were violins, there was hope.”

– Amnon Weinstein, Founder of Violins of Hope


Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:30 PM, Music Hall

Eight violins, once silenced by the Holocaust will be the center of a concert featuring Cincinnati’s finest musicians. An evening of poignant music, interwoven with experiences of local Holocaust survivors and the incredible stories of the violins will provide an emotional journey not to be missed. 

A once in a lifetime concert event that will prove that hope can be found in the darkest times.

Artistic Adviser: Evans Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director

With performances by:

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra conducted by Eckart Preu

Solo performances by:

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Cellist, Ilya Finkelshteyn and Keyboardist, Michael Chertock

Violinist, Giora Schmidt and Pianist, Elena Kholodova

Ariel Quartet Members Violinists, Gershon Gerchikov and Alexandra Kazovsky

Baritone, Simon Barrad and Pianist, Kseniia Polstiankina



Click below to learn more about the Violins of Hope:

CBS Sunday Morning

PBS News Hour

Book: Violins of Hope

Student Art & Writing Showcase

We are also inviting middle and high school students to participate in an art and essay showcase in reflections of hope. Using materials of your choice, middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students are asked to create an original piece of art or compose an essay which reflects on the theme of hope, as it relates to the story of Holocaust survivor and Cincinnatian, Henry Meyer (bio included in showcase information). Students can submit their entries to HHC by Friday, January 5th by 4pm. In recognition of your creativity, a selection of art and essays will be chosen and displayed during our Violins of Hope concert on January 23rd. Click here for showcase information.

In partnership with: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Museum Center, Linton Chamber Music Series, Mayerson JCC, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati Arts Association, WGUC, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati


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