by Mike Telin
CLEVELAND — The warm fall sun shone brightly on the University Circle district on Sept. 27 as 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the opening of Case Western Reserve University’s new Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel. The centerpiece of the afternoon was a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst featuring violinist Shlomo Mintz. At the same time, the event launched Violins of Hope Cleveland — a four-month, multifaceted celebration of the triumph of the human spirit through the voices of violins that survived the Holocaust.
Violins of Hope Cleveland is a ground-breaking collaboration among seven Cleveland non-profit organizations and a dozen affiliates that brings to Cleveland’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage some twenty violins connected to the Holocaust. Played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, the instruments have been collected and restored by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein. Read the article on Classical Voice North America, the Journal of the Music Critics Association of North America