Violins of Hope
Exhibitions And Events
exhibitions

Violins of Hope
April 9 -13: School and Group Tours Only 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
April 14 -15: Exhibit Closed
April 16 -19: Open to General Public 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
April 20: Open to General Public 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 21: Closed
April 22 - 24: Open to General Public 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

UNC Charlotte Center City Building Gallery
Free Admission

Never before exhibited in North or South America, 18 violins that tell of the Holocaust - its history, its victims and its survivors - will be on display in Charlotte, North Carolina. The restoration and exhibition of these violins pays tribute to the spirit and creativity that transcended the horrific events of the Holocaust. Their public appearance provides a new perspective on this period in our history and serves as a reminder to all generations of the consequences of intolerance.



Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers
February 25 - June 3, 2012
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South

A unique exhibition of family items and artifacts that tell the story of three Bielski brothers and the partisan community they established in the forests of Belarus during the Nazi occupation. The brothers ultimately saved 1,200 Jews, a history that inspired the major motion picture Defiance.
During the events of April 2012, members of the Bielski family, including Assaela Weinstein, daughter of one of the Bielski brothers who led the partisan community and Amnon's wife, will participate in a public conversation on the history of the Bielski partisans. (See Lectures and Discussions below for more information.)




Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina
February 25 - August 2012
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South

A special exhibit sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina and exhibited by Levine Museum of the New South, Down Home explores the ways in which the Jewish community has shaped the culture and history of North Carolina for the past 400 years, and how North Carolina, in turn, has affected Jewish lives.




BESA: A Code of Honor
March 1– May 16, 2012
Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center
Free Admission

This photographic exhibition of Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust presents a beautiful, interfaith message about the power of humanity in the face of oppression.




Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust
March 22-April 26, 2012.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. 
Storrs Gallery, UNC Charlotte Main Campus
Free Admission

The first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women in the Holocaust, Spots of Light is a video-art installation that tells the stories of 45 women through the thematic lenses of Love, Motherhood, Caring for Others, Womanhood, Partisans and Underground, Everyday Life, Friendship, Faith, Food, and the Arts.




All That Remains
February 25 - September 9
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South

This new panel exhibit was inspired by an article that originally appeared in Charlotte magazine. Writer Ken Garfield interviewed ten people living in the Charlotte area who survived the Holocaust and understood the importance of telling their stories before it's too late. Photographer Chris Edwards took beautiful, stirring portraits of each. Together, these stories are a voice from the past, a gift from ten Charlotteans determined to have the last word.




Not So Still Life, With Music: The Milken Archive of Jewish Music Presents Paintings by Ralph Gilbert
April 9 - April 24
UNC Charlotte Center City Building Lobby
Free Admission

The College of Arts + Architecture hosts the world premiere of this collection of paintings representing Jewish music in tandem with the Violins of Hope at the UNC Charlotte Center City Building. Ralph Gilbert, a professor in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University, was commissioned by the Santa Monica-based Milken Archive of Jewish Music: The American Experience to create the series of 20 oil paintings to complement 20 themed volumes of music.

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performances



Hope in Resistance: Music and Stories inspired by the Resistance Movement
Thursday, April 12 @ 8 p.m.
Myers Park Baptist Church
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The Violins of Hope concert series opens with a musical performance  honoring the people who led and supported the resistance movements of World War II. Featuring the extraordinary soprano Christina Pier, the pianist Dmitri Shteinberg, and violinists David Russell and Julia Hwang, the concert begins with the screening of "Weapons of the Spirit," an award-winning documentary about the brave residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, who saved an estimated 5,000 Jews from deportation and death during the war.

Download full PROGRAM NOTES here.

David Russell, violin
Julia Hwang, violin
Dmitri Shteinberg*, piano
Christina Pier, soprano

Shostakovich: Prelude for 2 violins and piano
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel Im Spiegel
Film Screening: Weapons of the Spirit
John Tavener: Song of the Angel
Francis Poulenc: Two Poèmes de Louis Aragon
Arvo Pärt: Fratres (Brothers)
John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List

*This musician is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.



Restoring Hope: Amnon Weinstein and the Violins of Hope

Sunday, April 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater
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Buy tickets to Restoring Hope and save 20% on tickets to the April 21 concert with the Charlotte Symphony at Belk Theater! Take advantage of this offer by following this LINK or call the box office at 704.372.1000.

Violinmaker Amnon Weinstein introduces his remarkable Violins of Hope to Charlotte in this concert featuring violinists Shlomo Mintz, Chad Hoopes, and Steven Greenman. Chamber music, traditional kelzmer music, and Vivalldi's Concerto for Four Violins, with Charlotte Symphony Associate Conductor Jacomo Bairos directing, underscore the message of hope for the future.

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Shlomo Mintz*, violin
Chad Hoopes, violin
Paco Montalvo, violin
Julia Hwang, violin
Sevil Ulucan Weinstein, violin
Steven Greenman, Klezmer violin
Sander Sittig, piano
Peter Rushefsky, Klezmer dulcimer

UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra Jacomo Bairos, conductor

Amnon Weinstein tells the story of Violins of Hope and the musical history of Jewish culture and the Holocaust
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins with the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra
Traditional Klezmer Music
Kreisler: Liebesleid
Vittorio Monti: Czardas
Ernest Bloch: First Sonata

*This musician is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.



Hope in Dark Places: Music and Poetry from the Theresienstadt Camp

Tuesday, April 17 @ 8 p.m.
Dana Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte
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This performance in the Violins of Hope concert series pays tribute to the musicians held at the Theresienstadt ghetto and the music they created there. Featuring chamber music composed at Theresienstadt, as well as the Brahms Piano Quintet, the concert will also present poetry and drawings by children who were prisoners in the camp. 

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David Russell, violin
Hagai Shaham*, violin
Sevil Ulucan Weinstein, violin
Richard Crabtree, viola
Dennis Parker, cello
Mihai Tetel, cello
Joseph Robinson, oboe
Paul Nitsch, piano
Paul Orgel, piano

Gideon Klein: Duo
Zikmund Schul: Hasidic Dance
Pavel Haas: Suite for Oboe
Gideon Klein: Lullaby
Gideon Klein: String Trio
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34

*This musician is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.



Project | Hope
Created by Joe Salvatore and the College of Arts + Architecture's Department of Theatre students and faculty
Premieres Wednesday April 18 @ 8 p.m.
Runs April 18-21 @ 8 p.m.
April 22 @ 2 p.m.
April 23 and 24 @ 8 pm
Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, UNC Charlotte

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PROGRAM NOTES – Full Notes Coming Soon

The Department of Theatre in the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte premieres an original play by New York playwright Joe Salvatore that explores stories of hope, resilience, and memory.



Yom HaShoah Memorial Concert

Thursday, April 19 @ 7 p.m.
Temple Israel, Shalom Park
Free Admission
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Yom Hashoah is a day dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust. This event will commemorate the memory of those lost and celebrate survivors through readings, testimony, and musical performances by the world-class Violins of Hope musicians.

Download full PROGRAM NOTES here.

Shlomo Mintz*, violin
Cihat Askin, violin
Hagai Shaham*, violin
Richard Crabtree, viola
Hillel Zori*, cello
Sander Sittig, piano

Ernest Bloch: Nigun
Yiddish Fantasy 
Reading: Poem of Avram Gunter
Joseph Achron: Hebrew Melody
Bloch: Suite Hebraique
Reading from Night by Eli Wiesel
Ludwig van Beethoven: “Kreutzer” Sonata (one movement)
El Maleh
Joachim Stuchevsky: Kaddish
Max Bruch: Kol Nidre

*This musician is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.



Triumph of Hope: Violins of Hope with the Charlotte Symphony

Christopher Warren-Green, conducting
Saturday, April 21 @ 8 p.m.
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
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Save 20% when you also buy tickets to the April 15 concert at Knight Theater! Take advantage of this offer by following this LINK or call the box office at 704.372.1000.

The Violins of Hope concert series culminates in a thrilling performance by the Charlotte Symphony, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green and featuring master violinists Shlomo Mintz, Cihat Askin and David Russell. The program includes the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Barber's Adagio for Strings, as well as music by Mahler and traditional Jewish works.

Download full PROGRAM NOTES here.

Christopher Warren-Green, conducting
Shlomo Mintz*, violin
Cihat Askin, violin
David Russell, violin
Sevil Ulucan Weinstein, violin
Christina Pier, soprano
Mark Nuccio, clarinet
Hillel Zori*, cello
Pedro Eustache, duduk
Traditional Armenian: "The Winds Descended"
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Betty Olivero: Achot Ketana
Traditional: Aveenu Malkeinu
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Partisan's Song
Beethoven: Violin Concerto

*This musician is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

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lectures
Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: A lecture by Christopher Browning
Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Temple Beth El, Shalom Park
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Dr. Browning will draw from his most recent book, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010), an award-winning study of life and death in a little-known Nazi slave-labor camp in Poland based on testimonies of some 300 survivors. As one reviewer notes, the book "wrestles with the painful question of Polish complicity and the scandalous German acquittal of a monstrous perpetrator."

UNC Charlotte's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences presents this event in cooperation with the College's Department of Global, International & Area Studies and its Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, and Temple Beth El.

For more information, click here.



Exploding Canons
Monday, April 16 @ 5 p.m.
UNC Charlotte Center City Building
Free Admission

Charlotte Teachers Institute presents a multi-lateral exploration of the historical and cultural contexts of the Violins of Hope. A lively panel discussion with faculty from UNC Charlotte and Davidson College is accompanied by a reception and opportunity to view the violins.



Courage and Compassion: A Family Remembers
Wednesday, April 18 @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South

Assi Weinstein, daughter of Asael Bielski, recalls the stories of her father and uncles – the history commemorated in the motion picture Defiance and in our exhibit Courage and Compassion. Moderated by Charlotte Latin teacher Jackie Fishman, herself a Holocaust survivor's daughter. http://www.courageandcompassionexhibit.com


Violinmaking Discussion with Amnon Weinstein
Saturday, April 21 @ 2p.m.
UNC Charlotte Center City Building
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Open to violin owners, collectors, and enthusiasts, this workshop will be led by Amnon Weinstein, the man who collected and restored the Violins of Hope. Amnon will discuss his craft and speak to the history and unique qualities of the Violins of Hope instruments.

Internationally noted Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein is involved in violin projects around the world, working with orchestras and artists both in Israel and abroad. Mr. Weinstein learned his craft from his father, and then studied in Cremona with Pietro Sgarabotto, Giuseppe Ornati, and Ferdinando Garimberti and in Paris with Etienne Vatelot. Winner of the Gold Medal and a certificate for violin sound at Salt Lake City in 1982, he is a member of Entente International des Maitre Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art, a member bienfaiteur de Groupement des Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art de France, and a member of the Violin Society of America.

Read more about Amnon here.

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films

Defiance
Saturday, March 24
Francis Auditorium
Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library, Uptown

Watch the Trailer here

This movie tells the story of the Bielski brothers, who organized an army of partisans from the refugees living in the forests of Poland during the Nazi occupation. By the end of the war, the Bielski brothers saved over 1,200 Jews, including many women, children, and elderly, from death in the ghettos and concentration camps. (Amnon Weinstein's wife, Assaela, is the daughter of one of the Bielski brothers who established and led the partisan community.)


Weapons of the Spirit
Thursday, April 12 @ 8 p.m.
Myers Park Baptist Church

Watch a clip from the film here

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Shown as part of the Violins of Hope concert celebrating the Resistance movements of WWII, Weapons of the Spirit is an award-winning
documentary that tells the story of the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, where two Protestant Christian ministers organized the village of 5,000 people to conspire to hide and protect an estimated 5,000 Jews. The movie maker, Pierre Sauvage, is one of the 3,000 children whose lives were saved.

Violins in Wartime
Thursday, March 8 @ 7 p.m.
Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Temple Israel
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Free Admission – Donations Accepted

Violins have had a unique narrative throughout Jewish history. Violin-maker Amnon Weinstein (and the visionary for the Violins of Hope project), was in the midst of planning an international masters course for young violinists when the Second Lebanon War breaks out in 2006. The film captures intimate moments of struggle with fear and trauma, while reflecting on the power of music as a symbol of sanity in a time of war.
Director: Yael Katzir
Language: Hebrew with subtitles
Run time: 70 minutes
Documentary

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