Opening Event: Violins of Hope

November 11, 7pm

A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope comprise a collection of instruments that tell remarkable stories of the defiance, resilience, and legacy of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational Strings of the Holocaust back to life.

Violins of Hope have toured many cities around the world and will now come to Fort Wayne from November 9–24, 2019. Organized by lead partners, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a steering committee of local professionals has been formed to work with area partners on a community-wide series of events focusing on these instruments. The sound, presence, and stories of Violins of Hope Fort Wayne will drive the creation of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, readings, and educational activities throughout Northeast Indiana. Most importantly, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Youth Symphony Orchestra musicians will bring to life the humanity and stories of those who owned these precious instruments through dozens of local area performances on the instruments.

Learn more about the city-wide collaboration Violins of Hope at

November 11, 7pm: Violins of Hope Opening Event
We’ll screen the documentary "Violins of Hope" followed by a discussion with Violins of Hope author Dr. James Grymes and luthier Avshalom Weinstein, moderated by FWMoA CEO Charles Shepard. Coffee and dessert will be served following the program.

Ticket information:

All tickets for this event are sold out. 

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