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THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ENCORE PRESENTATION OF VIOLINS OF HOPE EDUCATION CONCERT

LESSONS OF THE HOLOCAUST REACH THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS WITH EDUCATION CONCERTS MARCH 8 – 10

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR GENERAL PUBLIC – MARCH 8, 12:00 PM

IDEASTREAM® WILL FILM VIOLINS OF HOPE CONCERT TO CREATE AN ONLINE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION TEACHER RESOURCE

FRANZ WELSER-MÖST CONVENES PANEL DISCUSSION ON ANTI-SEMITISM MARCH 5

CLEVELAND, February 13 – Following the success of the 2015 Violins of Hope Education Concerts performed by The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall for nearly 10,000 students, thousands more will enjoy encore presentations of the Violins of Hope Education Concert March 8-10, performed this time at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple-Tifereth Israel on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

One performance will be open to the public: Wednesday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased now by visiting https://case.edu/maltzcenter/calendar or by calling the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216-368-6062.

These concerts are based on the original December 2015 Violins of Hope Education Concerts, a collaboration between The Cleveland Orchestra and the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts Program in Acting. In these Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts, music and drama were combined to express the themes of spirit, resistance, resilience, and hope. This special program created a powerful lens through which the audience was able to view the important role of music in Jewish life, before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Conducted by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Associate Conductor, Brett Mitchell, the March 2017 concerts will feature Cleveland Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto and Assistant Principal Cellist Charles Bernard. The program includes Bloch’s Simchas Torah [Rejoicing] from Baal Shem; Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Opus 47; Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34; and John Williams’s Three Pieces from Schindler's List for Violin and Orchestra. The complete concert program is listed at the end of this release.

ideastream Online Holocaust Education Resource
ideastream, the region’s multiple media public service organization that includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, and WCLV 104.9, will record the March Violins of Hope Education Concert. The concert will be available via ideastream.org for permanent educational use by teachers, paired with Facing History and Ourselves’ Holocaust curriculum. ideastream previously released Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, an award-winning, one-hour documentary highlighting Northeast Ohio’s experiences with the project as well as individual stories involving the instruments.

About Violins of Hope Cleveland
Violins of Hope Cleveland was a community-wide collaboration that aimed to inform, educate, and inspire people throughout the Midwest. The instruments played survived the Holocaust and were collected and restored by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein for more than two decades. The historic violins provided a rare opportunity to explore the unique stories behind each instrument and the individuals who owned them. Throughout the fall of 2015, a diverse range of arts and education organizations came together in one of Northeast Ohio’s largest collaborations to present performances, lectures, an exhibition, and other public programming. The partners were: The Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Facing History and Ourselves, ideastream®, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. 


March 5: Special Panel Discussion, “Is Bach’s St. John Passion anti-Semitic?”
As a continuation of the multi-organization partnership that originated with Violins of Hope Cleveland, Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Mӧst will convene a panel of guest speakers at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood (26000 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood, OH) to probe the question “Is Bach’s St. John Passion anti-Semitic?”, a lingering claim that surrounds this seminal work. The panel on Sunday March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. is free, but tickets are required and may be reserved online at www.maltzmuseum.org or by calling the Maltz Museum at 216-593-0575. ideastream will broadcast this panel live on WCLV 104.9, with simultaneous broadcast on WCPN 90.3 HD 2 and wclv.org. Video of this event will be available on demand at ideastream.org.  For tickets to The Cleveland Orchestra’s performances of Bach’s St. John Passion on March 9, 11, and 12, visit www.clevelandorchestra.com or call the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office at 216-231-1111. For more information on the panel and guest speakers, please visit The Cleveland Orchestra’s website: http://bit.ly/2kU5Q88.


Violins of Hope Education Concert Details
Education concerts March 8-10, 2017
Public concert: March 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
Case Western Reserve University
The Temple-Tifereth Israel
1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, Ohio

Conductor: Brett Mitchell
Violin: Peter Otto
Cello: Charles Bernard
Director: Donald Carrier

  • FINZI  Prelude, Opus 25 (for string orchestra)
  • PROKOFIEV  Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34
  • SHOSTAKOVICH  Second Movement (Allegro molto) from Chamber Symphony for String Orchestra, Opus 110a (Arrangement of the String Quartet No. 8 by Lucas Drew)   
  • WILLIAMS  Three Pieces from Schindler's List for Violin and Orchestra   
  • BLOCH  Simchas Torah [Rejoicing] from Baal Shem      
  • BRUCH  Kol Nidrei, Opus 47     
  • ROSSINI  Overture to La scala di seta [The Silken Ladder]          

 

Tickets for the March 8 public performance are $15 and can be purchased by visiting https://case.edu/maltzcenter/calendar or by calling the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216-368-6062.