Featured Concerts in partnership with the Richmond Symphony

On September 9th, 10th and 12th 2021, Violins of Hope Richmond, in partnership with the Richmond Symphony, hosted three Feature Concerts at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Carpenter Theater.   During the concerts our guests heard from special guests Avshi Weinstein, Israeli violin maker and son of Israeli violin craftsman Amnon Weinstein, and Dr. Roger Loria, a Holocaust survivor. The Richmond Symphony brought to life the music that honors the musicians, the people and the stories of the Holocaust.

The Community Concert series showcased the violins in a unique setting as Violins of Hope Community Partners hosted their own intimate events across the city of Richmond and beyond.

Virginia Holocaust Museum And Their Music Lives On — August 5, 2021

Weinstein JCC, Stories and Strings — September 26, 2021

Virginia Arts Festival with the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater  — October 6, 2021

Congregation Beth Ahabah — October 17, 2021

Roanoke - The Grandin Theater  — October 19, 2021

Virginia Museum of History and Culture — October 24, 2021

The 12-week exhibit brought forth multiple opportunities for in-depth conversations surrounding not only the violins and the horrors of the Holocaust, but the meaningful and much-needed conversation around tolerance and social justice.


Event Highlights

Movie Mythbusting
October 12, 2021

Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, The Virginia Holocaust Museum, and the Black History Museum and Culture Center of Virginia for a special Movie Mythbusting event. This program will focus on Defiance, a Holocaust film with connections to our Violins of Hope exhibits. Avshi Weinstein, grandson of Asael Bielski (portrayed by Jamie Bell in the film), works with his father Amnon to manage the Violins of Hope collection. Learn more about the exhibit here: Violins of Hope and the film below:

In 1941, the Nazis and their collaborators are murdering Eastern European Jews by the thousands. Three brothers, Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski, who are Jewish, manage to escape and take refuge in the forest where they played in childhood. Wanting to avenge the deaths of their loved ones, the brothers turn their daily struggle for survival into a battle against the Nazis. As news of their activites spreads, other Jews join the brothers. Willing to risk their lives for even brief freedom, they become known as the Bielski Partisans.

Watch the film in advance, whenever or however works best for you, and then log into an interactive Zoom presentation where we will chat about what’s true, what’s not, and make some interesting connections to our collection. Defiance is currently streaming for free on Netflix and can be rented from a variety of platforms.

The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust
and World War II

September 14, 2021

In Conversation with Author Kellie Brown, Ed.D, Music Department Chair, Professor of Music Milligan University, Director, Milligan Orchestra, Assistant Conductor, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II, has just been released by McFarland Publishing. Based on my many years of research into music’s role in the Holocaust and World War II, this book chronicles the stories of orchestras, composers, and musicians who stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering. Collectively, their stories bear witness to the power of music and offer a reminder to humanity of the imperative each faces to not only remember, but to ensure— Never Again.

Washington Post Review

Dr. Brown’s Bio


Facing History and Ourselves: Music, Memory, and Resistance during the Holocaust Online Teacher Workshop
September 22, 2021

The Virginia Holocaust Museum along with Facing History and Ourselves presents “Violins of Hope: Music, Memory, and Resistance during the Holocaust.”

Educators will examine the diversity and richness of Jewish culture in Europe before the war, including the importance of music in the lives of many Jews. There will also be a focus on how music continued to be a part of Jewish life even during Nazi oppression. Educators will be encouraged to think broadly about the idea of resistance: while some resisted Nazi tyranny by taking up arms, many others resisted using “weapons of the spirit,” including music. This online workshop is in conjunction with the Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Violins of Hope.” This professional development is free for educators and includes Facing History and Ourselves resources. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

History, English AND music teachers are encouraged to register!