This weekend, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, presents what is sure to be one of the most moving and unforgettable programs of this 75th anniversary season.  

Part concert, part memorial, part educational opportunity, Violins of Hope explores themes of unimaginable tragedy and conquering resilience through music and a pair of very special musical instruments.  

Featuring two violins – the “Hecht” (played by WSO Concertmaster Gwen Hoebig) and “Klezmer” (played by first violinist Sonia Lazar) – from the Violins of Hope instrument bank, the private collection features instruments accumulated since the Second World War by the father and son luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein. 

Described by Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Music Director Daniel Raiskin as “incredibly relevant” and “very meaningful,” the program presents music of Joseph Achron, Rudolf Sieczynski, and John Williams – the poignant theme from Schindler’s Liszt – amongst others.  

“It’s as much about the tragedy as it is about the hope that comes after it,” says Raiskin.  

Listen to the sit-down conversation with the maestro to learn more about the many connections – of happenstance, of faith, and of people – as well the music on the program below.  

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents Violins of Hope on Saturday, December 3 at the Centennial Concert Hall. The program begins at 7:30, though there is a pre-show chat from the stage at 6:45.  

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