The mission of Violins of Hope Birmingham is to share with our entire community the voices of the lovingly restored Violins of Hope the Jewish musicians were forced to play amidst the atrocities of the Holocaust, and to send the message – NEVER AGAIN.
A community-wide alliance of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the UAB Institute for Human Rights, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and ABC 33/40, along with corporate donors and generous individuals, have formed an unprecedented collaboration bringing our community an unforgettable educational, cultural and personal experience. Centered on instruments that survived the Holocaust, Violins of Hope provides an incomparable opportunity for learning and reflection on one of the most horrific periods in human history.
The centerpiece of the Birmingham Project
The centerpiece of the Birmingham project will be the Violins of Hope Concert at the Alys Stephens Center on April 14, 2018, featuring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director, Carlos Izcaray. Concertmaster & Friends Quartet for the End of Time with Violins of Hope will be performed on April 12, 2018, at the Alys Stephens Center.
In addition, the Violins of Hope partners will coordinate a series of related events and activities for adults and students, including a lecture and film series, exhibits and interfaith dialogue.
Jeffrey and Gail Bayer, Chairs of Violins of Hope, said, “These extraordinary instruments have the potential to make a lasting impact on a world that is torn by division and hatred. Violins of Hope has inspired us to do what we can to affect change here in our community for the long term.”
In the words of Amnon Weinstein, Founder and Creator of Violins of Hope, “Music connects us to history in a way we can relate to, and that’s particularly true of the violins. Just thinking about the role violins played during the Holocaust makes us shiver as we feel, think, and identify with the victims.” Music has the power to heal and to shine a light on the need for greater tolerance and compassion among all people.