Music and Concerts

Violins in the Holocaust


 The violin has formed an important aspect of Jewish culture for centuries, both as a popular instrument with classical Jewish musicians and as a central factor of social life, as in the Klezmer tradition. But during the Holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary roles within the Jewish community. For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind’s darkest hour. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future.

Opening Concerts - February 23 and 24, 2019


The Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra featuring Israeli-born violinist Gil Shaham, will open Violins of Hope Phoenix with two orchestral concerts on Saturday evening, February 23rd and Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2019.


At the heart of each annual Festival is the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, and comprised of musicians from America's finest orchestras including: the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and many others. These superlative players, many of whom have played in other Violins of Hope concerts, will be performing with Gil Shaham to kick-off Violins of Hope Phoenix.


For Saturday Night, February 23, 2019 Performance 

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For  Sunday Matinee, February 24, 2019: 

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Tribute Concert Honoring Holocaust Survivors and Those Who Were Lost - March 19, 2019


For this tribute concert dedicated to Holocaust survivors, their families and those who were lost, music and stories combine to give us a powerful new lens through which to view the important role of music in Jewish life, before, during and after the holocaust, and to express the themes of spirit, resistance, resilience, and hope. With special guests Lin Sue Cooney and the Weinstein family.

Featuring the Red Rocks Music Festival with Special Guest Artists: Gil Sharon, Violinist; David Ehrlich, Violinist; Teresa Ehrlich, Pianist and Nikola Djurica, Clarinetist.


Music Program

· Bela Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances featuring solos by Gil Sharon and David Ehrlich

· Sergei Prokofiev: Variations on a Hebrew Theme 

· Monti: Czardas 

· U’VZeil Knofechu - Arrangement by Zikmund Schul for String Orchestra

· “Klezmer” music arrangement by Liova 


· Pavel Haas: The cart, the cart driver, and the horse 

· Max Bruch: Kol Nidre featuring Jan Simiz, cello and Teresa Ehrlich, piano, 

· Klezmer Music

· Robert Dauber: Serenade for violin and piano 

· J.S. Bach : Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 

· Hatikva



Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7:30PM

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Other Concerts and Music Events

We have other music events happening around the Valley. Please see the Calendar of Events for a complete listing

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