Sun, January 26, 2020 3:30 pm

The Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood, Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts and New Century Chamber Orchestra have joined together to create and present this unique program to the community collaboratively with The Violins of Hope.  As part of the Bay Area Violins of Hope residency, Daniel Hope and members of New Century Chamber Orchestra will perform music by Jewish composers played on the iconic collection of recovered and restored Holocaust-era string instruments. This event will also feature exclusive footage from Daniel Hope's award-winning film Refuge in Music: Terezín/Theresienstadt.


Introduction/Information regarding the Violins of Hope

Music performed on the violins, composed by victims of the holocaust (30 min)
Erwin Schulhoff: Sonata for Violin Solo
Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello
Hans Krasa: Tanec (Danse)


Introduction to film by NCCO Music Director Daniel Hope
REFUGE IN MUSICTerezín/Theresienstadt. (50 min)

: Terezín/Theresienstadt.

Coverage of a special concert held in remembrance of the victims of the World War II concentration camp Terezin, located near Prague. As well as featuring music from orchestra Bayerische Akademie der SchAnen Knste and soloists including Daniel Hope, Bengt Forsberg, Anne Sofie von Otter and Bebe Risenfors, a documentary is included featuring contributions from survivors of the camp.

 ABOUT VIOLINS OF HOPE:  The Violins are a collection of 70+ string instruments originally owned and played by European Jews in ghettos and Nazi death camps during WWII, which have been lovingly restored over the past two decades by renowned Israeli violin-makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein.

Concentration camp musicians owed their lives to their instruments. The music they played lifted them above their cruel, day-to-day reality. It gave the musicians hope. And did the same for their fellow Jewish inmates. “Hope is a stubborn thing,” says Weinstein. The legacy of Jewish hope drives Weinstein to restore every Holocaust violin he can get his hands on to make them speak again. These instruments are the focal point of an impactful initiative designed to promote the power of hope through music, reaffirming that the voiceless can indeed have a voice as we reiterate our responsibility to “never forget”.

Beginning January 16 and continuing for eight weeks through March 14, 2020, the Violins of Hope will make their West Coast debut with programs in eight Bay Area Counties, presented in collaboration with more than 40 partnering organizations: concert halls, museums, public libraries, symphony orchestras, schools, churches and synagogues, community centers, and more. A world premiere commission, three major exhibitions, multiple classical and folk concerts, film screenings, panel discussions, book talks, ecumenical services, and community dialogues will constitute the Violins’ far-reaching Bay Area visit.  Learn more at

Thank you to our generous underwriters who help to make this program possible.


Would you like to add your name to our supporters? 

Please Contact Masha Schifs:  415.444.8028


Tickets Artist Info Calendar

Single Tickets:
General Admission & Reserved Table Seating Options
From: $30-$67.50 
Special $15 ticket for those 35 and under.

WHAT TO EXPECT:  Brilliant, Live, Classical Music by Jewish composers and exclusive film clips with detail from the film maker, New Century’s Music Director and Concertmaster, Daniel Hope. 

Reserved Table Seating options.


 CONCESSIONS: Wine, beer, a selection of soft drinks along with coffee, tea and a variety of snacks and freshly baked goods available for purchase. Concessions may be enjoyed throughout the performance in the theater. No table service. No outside food/drink permitted at this event. 

TIPS: Purchase Tickets in advance for best pricing and seating. -The JCC’s gym and other activities are open at this time and parking may be limited. Please consider carpooling and give yourself time for parking.

The New Century Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1992, looks for fresh, exciting ways to present classical music in the San Francisco Bay Area by combining performances of extraordinary quality with innovative programming. One of only a handful of conductorless ensembles in the world, New Century is comprised of local musicians and those who travel from across the U.S. and Europe to perform in the Bay Area together.

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