The Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope Exhibition
February 26 – March 24, 2019
Violins of Hope is a collection of instruments that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Amnon Weinstein, a luthier in Israel, began collecting and restoring the violins more than 20 years ago, and he has dedicated the collection to 400 family members he lost in World War II. The instruments have been played by prominent musicians in venues worldwide, giving voice not only to the owners of the violins, but also to the millions of Jewish people who perished.
Music has long had a strong presence in Jewish culture. Before the war, traditional klezmer music was played at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other celebrations. Other Jewish musicians had successful classical music careers.
The Violins of Hope exhibition offers a unique educational experience through its showcase of 26 Holocaust-era violins, each telling the stories and experiences of a different violin owner.
Some of the Violins of Hope were played by musicians who were able to flee Europe before the Holocaust, while others were played in ghettos and labor camps to earn money for food. Jewish musicians even played in concentration camp orchestras to entertain the Nazis and to lift the spirits of their fellow prisoners. The violins also share the stories of Jewish resistance fighters and tales of loss and reunification following the war.
Visit the Violins of Hope exhibition in the Young@Art Gallery inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The violins will be on view from February 26 – March 24. The exhibition is organized by Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach, in collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.
Young@Art Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and during evening performances.*
*From March 8–10, access to the Violins of Hope exhibition is limited to the south entrance of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building. All other entrances and park grounds are blocked, due to the Scottsdale Arts Festival. The Center’s south entrance is located adjacent to the circle driveway on Second Street. Please look for the Violins of Hope banner.
Access to the exhibition does not grant you access to the Scottsdale Arts Festival. If you wish to purchase a ticket, please visit the Center’s Box Office. Better yet, help support Scottsdale Arts and its ability to present more programs like the Violins of Hope by buying a membership. Members get into the Scottsdale Arts Festival for free!
Parking will be extremely limited due to area events. In addition to Scottsdale Arts Festival traffic, there are Spring Training baseball games on Saturday and Sunday. Please plan accordingly.