CD Release: Violins of Hope – Live at Kohl Mansion
Burlingame, California (January 19, 2021) — Music at Kohl Mansion is thrilled to announce the worldwide digital release on January 22, 2021 of Violins of Hope – Live at Kohl Mansion, a new album on the Pentatone Music classical label. Recorded live in the Great Hall at the historic Kohl Mansion, the recording features the début performance of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s acclaimed chamber work, Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope. The notable premiere presents renowned international recording artists mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and violinist Daniel Hope, a quartet of musicians from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra: violinists Kay Stern and Dawn Harms, violist Patricia Heller, and cellist Emil Miland, and introduces young violin virtuoso Sean Mori.
Complementing the Heggie premiere on the album are two masterpieces of chamber music, Franz Schubert’s unfinished Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703, and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Opus 80, as performed by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra quartet members.
The album title takes its name from the heroic work of Israeli luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, co-founders of Violins of Hope, whose work includes the ongoing recovery and restoration of Holocaust-era string instruments previously played by Jewish prisoners in the European ghettos and concentrations camps. To date, the collection consists of 87 string instruments.
In January 2020, Music at Kohl Mansion produced an eight-week residency with 42 Bay Area organizations showcasing more than 50 of these historic Violins of Hope in public concerts, exhibitions, education programs, film screenings and a variety of community programs coinciding with International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.