Musicologist James A. Grymes, author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour, will speak on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. as part of the annual community-wide Yom Hashoah commemoration at the Rifkin Campus.
A Professor of Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Grymes won a National Jewish Book Award for Violins of Hope. The book tells the stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing the instruments back to life.
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the program is free and open to the public. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support.
On November 9-24, the Federation and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will host Violins of Hope, a community-wide collaboration of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, reading, and educational presentations designed to commemorate the DEFIANCE, RESILIENCE, AND LEGACY of those who were affected or silenced by Nazi Germany.