Classical Series

Violins of Hope

Apr 25, 2020

8:00 PM

Violins of Hope

Apr 25, 2020 8:00 PM

Long Beach Symphony is proud to present Violins of Hope, a concert commemorating and featuring a unique collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust – many of them in concentration camps. These instruments were saved and have been painstakingly restored. They represent the love and tragedy of many musicians and listeners; the destiny of millions of people; and the power of music to transcend the darkest hours of humanity.

This concert is presented as part of Violins of Hope Los Angeles County, a region-wide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression.

For more information or to become a subscriber, call the Symphony box office at (562) 436-3203 or subscribe online. Single ticket sale date and prices will be announced in the immediate future. Subscribers guarantee their seats to this special event with the option to purchase two additional tickets before single tickets go on sale to the public. 

Long Beach Performing Arts Center,
Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Eckart Preu, Conductor

Niv Ashkenazi, Violin

Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo

Raul Melo, Tenor

Mark Walters, Bass

Long Beach Camerata Singers, Chorus

John Williams

“Hatikvah” from Munich

John Williams

Theme from Schindler’s List

Ben-Heim

Symphony No. 1, 2nd Mvmt, “Psalm”

Verdi

Requiem

This concert is presented as part of Violins of Hope Los Angeles County, a region-wide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression.


On this evening, our Symphony musicians will perform with instruments from the Violins of Hope collection. These instruments were played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. They have survived concentration camps and long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience, and survival. Thanks to painstaking restoration by Amnon Weinstein and his son, they now bear testimony to the power of music to lift hearts in the most horrific circumstance. They represent the love and tragedy of many musicians and listeners; the destiny of millions of people; and the power of music to transcend the darkest hours of humanity.

Programming features world-class soloists and a professional choir joined by outstanding singers from Southern California’s finest music universities. Repertoire includes John Williams “Hatikvah” (Israel’s national anthem) from the film Munich, his moving Theme from Schindler’s List and Ben-Haim’s Symphony No. 1, 2nd Mvmt, “Psalm”.  The finale is none other than the Verdi Requiem, which was performed by the Jewish orchestra and chorus in silent protest during the Nazi’s SS visit at the Terezin camp and ghetto in 1944. With its frightening and instantly recognizable Dies Irae (Day of Wrath/Armageddon), this dramatic and highly operatic requiem will bring you chills.

Single ticket sale date and prices will be announced in the immediate future. Subscribers guarantee their seats to this special event with the option to purchase two additional tickets before single tickets go on sale to the public. Become a subscriber or sign up here to be notified when single tickets go on sale to the public. *Blackout concert. Exchanges are not valid.

Reserve your seats early – this concert is sure to sell out.

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Maestro Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) began his tenure as Music Director of Long Beach Symphony in 2017 and has already made a strong impression on the city of Long Beach, surrounding regions, and with critics for his programming and dynamic stage presence. Critics, the orchestra, and audiences alike have celebrated his ability to …

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Niv Ashkenazi, Violin

Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi has captivated audiences with his heartfelt musicianship and emotional performances. Praised for his “lush sound” and “passionate playing” (CASA Magazine) and “formidable technical powers” (Santa Barbara News-Press), he has made several Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center appearances, and has performed in …

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Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

A native of Moscow, Dina Kuznetsova is an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Soprano Dina Kuznetsova went on to star in a number of productions there including The Cunning Little Vixen, Rigoletto, Romeo et Juliette and, marking her role …

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Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo

An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation in both oratorio and opera, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. Most recently she's performed the role of Anne in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us …

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Raul Melo, Tenor

Tenor Raúl Melo has enjoyed a career performing some of the most demanding roles of the Italian and French repertoire across four continents. His international career began when he was awarded the prize of "Best Lyric Tenor" in the 1992 Alfredo Kraus Competition, a prize …

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Mark Walters, Bass

Being touted as one of the next great American Verdi baritones, Opera News describes Mark Walters as “a force to be reckoned with.” He is lauded for his performances throughout the United States as Scarpia in Tosca, Germont in La traviata, and Pizarro in Fidelio. For his performance in La forza …

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Long Beach Camerata Singers, Chorus

The Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble and served as the resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival, which he founded in 1973. In 1983 Dr. David Wilson, a professor of choral music at …

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