The Regulator welcomes music historian James Grymes for a reading and book signing of his new book, Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour. Grymes tells the remarkable stories about violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Weinstein has dedicated the past 20 years to restoring these violins of the Holocaust in tribute to those who were lost, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man’s harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family’s history and the history of his people, Violins of Hope is a poignant, affecting, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.
Violins of Hope is a National Jewish Book Award winner. The Mallarme Chamber Players will perform a concert, Violins of Hope, inspired by Grymes's book, at The Judea Reform Temple in Durham on November 9; for ticket information: http://mallarmemusic.org/?event=series-concert-2-violins-of-hope&event_date=2017-11-09.
The author reading and booksigning at The Regulator on Nov. 2 at 7PM is free and open the the public (no tickets required). The Mallarme Chamber Players' Nov. 9 concert at Judea Reform Temple requires tickets that can be purchased here: http://mallarmemusic.org/?event=series-concert-2-violins-of-hope&event_date=2017-11-09.
James A. Grymes is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.