From mid-January through mid-March 2020, Music at Kohl Mansion will host Violins of Hope-San Francisco Bay Area, (VOH-SFBA) an immersive multi-week celebration of the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. Through a series of concerts, lectures, exhibitions, community conversations, and educational programs collaboratively presented by more than twenty diverse Bay Area organizations, MAKM will showcase part of a collection of 60 string instruments played by Jews in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Lovingly restored and repurposed by Israeli violin-makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, the Violins are now touring worldwide.
Thrilling World Premiere Announced
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Music at Kohl Mansion has commissioned renowned composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer to write a chamber work for mezzo-soprano, violin soloist and string quartet which will be performed on instruments from the collection. It will receive its world premiere on the Music at Kohl stage and will be repeated in a variety of community concerts, outreach events and education programs that make up the eight-week Violins of Hope – SFBA project.
Coming to Music at Kohl Mansion in January 2020, the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope”.
Concerts featuring Klezmer, Cajun, Turkish, Celtic and Gypsy violin music in addition to classical performances will bring these violins into diverse communities across the Bay Area, encouraging conversations that celebrate our differences as we cherish the values we share.
In these troubling times of division, Music at Kohl Mansion will engage all sectors of our community so that together, we may all better understand how our common humanity can create and sustain a global community – compassionate, hopeful and just.
- American Legion War Memorial Commission
- Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
- Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
- Carmel Jewish Film Festival
- Congregation Beth Am, Palo Alto
- Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek
- Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
- Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
- Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
- Congregation Sinai, San Jose
- Congregational Church of San Mateo
- Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest
- Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Facing History and Ourselves
- Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools
- Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
- Jewish Community Center – East Bay, Berkeley
- Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
- Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center
- Klez California
- The Lark Theater, Larkspur
- Mercy High School, Burlingame
- Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame
- Music of Remembrance, Seattle
- Napa Center for Thought and Culture
- New Century Chamber Orchestra
- New Museum of Los Gatos
- Oakland Symphony Orchestra
- Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
- Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto
- Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City
- Peninsula Symphony Orchestra
- San Francisco Interfaith Council
- San Francisco Public Library
- San Francisco State University
- San Francisco Symphony
- San Mateo Public Library
- St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany
- Under One Tent, Contra Costa & Tri Valley Jewish Book & Arts Festival
- Veretski Pass, Berkeley
- Young Chamber Musicians, Burlingame
The list of community and organizational partners continues to expand. For information or to explore partnership opportunities, contact Patricia Kristof Moy, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Lampkin, Development Manager, at email@example.com or call 650.762.1130.
Details of the concerts, Heggie/Scheer premiere and public events will be announced at a later date.