Violins of Hope Events

The San Mateo Public Library is proud to partner with Music at Kohl Mansion to host several Violins of Hope events in January and February of 2020.  

For more information and to view the the schedule of all Violins of Hope events throughout the Bay Area visit the Violins of Hope, San Francisco Bay Area website.
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Mary Brounstein
Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few
Thursday, January 9, 7:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few delivers an engaging storytelling presentation of a Christian couple who saved over two dozen Jews in the Netherlands during World War II - to whom he as a personal connection.
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Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein co-founders of Violins of Hope & James A. Grymes, author of Violins of Hope 
Saturday, January 18, 3:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
A conversation with Israeli father and son luthiers and Violins of Hope co-founders Amnon and Avshalom Weinsten and James A. Grymes, author of Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust - Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour.  Acclaimed author and professor of musicology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Grymes breathed life into history in this chronicle of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.  The Violins of Hope documentary will be shown at 1:30pm before the talk.
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Dr Kanfer and Rabbi Stein
Musical and historical remembrance with Dr. Kanfer and Rabbi Stein
Sunday, January 26, 3:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dr. Yedida Kanfer, Director of Community Education at the JFCS Holocaust Center in San Francisco, joins Rabbi Daniel Stein of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek.  Dr. Kanfer and Rabbi Stein will speak about music in the Holocaust, folk tradition, and religious response to persecution.  They will share music written in Yiddish, the language spoken by many East European Jews before the Holocaust.
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Bach in Auschwitz Film
Documentary: Bach in Auschwitz
Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
The Auschwitz Orchestra of over 40 Jewish women escaped death because of their musical ability.  All were deeply traumatized, and five decades later recall their experiences.  Directed by Michael Daeron.  (2006)  106 minutes.  Not rated.
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Pianist
Movie: The Pianist
Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.  Starring Adrian Brody.  Directed by Roman Polanski.  (2002)  150 minutes.  Rated R.
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Along the Trade Route Performers
Along the Trade Route Concert
Saturday, February 15, 3:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
This concert combines melodies from Ireland to India and points in between heard "along the trade route."  Musicians have shared melodies for centuries, without regard to boundaries, with Irish sailors bringing melodies to Ukrainian sea ports and Roma music with origins in India.  Musicians Cookie Segelstein, Klezmer; Emmanuel During, Middle Eastern; Hemmige V. Srivatsan, South Indian; and Darcy Noonan, Celtic, will perform on violins once owned and played by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.
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Violins of Hope Documentary
Documentary: Violins of Hope
Tuesday, February 18, 6:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
Narrated by Adrien Brody, this documentary features Israeli luther Amnon Weinstein's work restoring violins recovered from the Holocaust.  Violins of Hope co-founder Avshalom Weinstein will speak about his family's work restoring the instruments.  Produced by WVIZ/PBS.  (2006)  60 minutes.  Not Rated.
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Defiant Requiem
Documentary: Defiant Requiem
Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 PM
Oak Room, Main Library
The story of Czech composer Rafael Schacter teaching prisoners in Terezin to perform Verdi's funeral mass, culminating in their last, most infamous performance on June 23, 1944 before SS officers and Red Cross officials to show that prisoners were treated well.  Directed by Doug Schultz.  (2012)  85 minutes.  Not Rated.
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