The Alabama Symphony Orchestra and I performed two special concerts last week featuring the lovingly restored 'Violins of Hope', instruments which Jewish musicians were forced to play amidst the atrocities of the Holocaust. I spoke to Bham Now about the significance of this project to the ASO, and within the context of my own experience:
"Violins of Hope is one of the most powerful projects that I’ve ever witnessed that deals with the horrors of the Holocaust. It tells a strong message, while also bringing people together though a deep musical experience. It is an opportunity for great reflection on the past, but also a call to action to build a better future.
We at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra feel privileged to be a part of this, and are honored to play on these restored instruments. They once belonged to colleagues whose lives ended in tragedy, so we feel it is our honor and duty to keep their music alive."
Read the full interview with Bham Now's Pat Byington here.