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Peninsula Symphony presents sounds of Violins of Hope in two concerts this weekend


Courtesy of Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo of Los Altos Hills plays a restored violin at the Los Gatos New Museum that was once owned and played by musicians at Nazi concentration camps during World War II. A violinmaker spent 20 years restoring the instruments – the Violins of Hope – as a tribute to those who died. 

 

Musicians of the Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony are scheduled to perform with the Violins of Hope 8 p.m. Friday at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and 8 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Theatre in Campbell.

Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein has devoted the past 20 years to restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who died, including 400 of his own relatives. Today, the instruments – dubbed the Violins of Hope – serve as memorials to those who perished and testaments to those who survived.

“Even if the Jewish violinists (of the Holocaust era) have disappeared, I try to promise to them that their legacy will be born again as the notes are played,” Weinstein said. “Our violins represent the victory of the human spirit over evil and hatred.”

The concerts will feature Avinu Malkeinu, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Op. 64 (featuring Cihat Askin on violin); Prokofiev, Overture on Jewish Themes, Op. 34; and Bloch, Three Jewish Poems.

The program is part of Violins of Hope, presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion.

Tickets are $10-$50.

For tickets and more information, call 941-5291 or visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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