January 25, 2020

'Holocaust-era Violins Visit S.F. Catholic School'

‘All were silent in the gymnasium at San Francisco’s all-girls Mercy High School while renowned violinist Hannah Tarley tuned her instrument. For the next 4½ minutes, she performed Bach’s Sonata No. 2, a sweet but melancholy piece.

Tarley wasn’t playing on just any violin: This was a meticulously restored instrument originally owned by Feivel Wininger of Romania, who played at weddings and on holidays in exchange for food to help his family members survive the Holocaust.

Now, it was being heard again 75 years later in San Francisco.

“It’s amazing to play on instruments like this,” Tarley told the audience of about 150. “Instruments that, for a while, didn’t have a voice.”

At age 12, Tarley was the youngest concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She started playing the violin when she was just 2 years old. Her act on Jan[uary 21] was part of the Violins of Hope tour, an eight-week Bay Area program that is honoring Holocaust-era violins restored by Israeli luthiers Amnon and Avshi Weinstein…

The Violins of Hope program was invited to Mercy to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan[uary 27]. Teachers are also implementing curriculum from the Farkas Center this month...'

Source: The Jewish News of Northern California. Images supplied and used with permission.

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Further Information
ARTICLE: ''‘Violins of Hope" escaped the Holocaust and are coming to Bay Area for events of music and memory' WEBSITE: Violins of Hope
BOOK: 'Violins of Hope' by James A. Grymes

'A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.'

VIDEO: 'Violins of Hope SF Bay Area Presentation'

Kohl Mansion, Mercy Center Burlingame, is the setting for a season of Bay Area musical events in concert with the world tour of the Violins of Hope. Watch the story.

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