Violins of Hope Cleveland


Tune in to the broadcast on Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. EST and share our excitement as the university continues its efforts to create a state-of-the-art facility for students, faculty, staff and the greater Cleveland community.

The future home for Case Western Reserve’s performing arts programs is well on its way to becoming a reality. The renovation and restoration of Silver Hall, Phase I of the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel will soon be complete. The opening event is a sold-out concert by The Cleveland Orchestra later this month that also launches a very special project, Violins of Hope Cleveland, a community-wide collaboration that aims to inform, educate and inspire Northeast Ohio residents.

Violins of Hope Cleveland is the result of an unprecedented partnership by seven of Cleveland’s leading arts, education and community organizations: Case Western Reserve, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), ideastream (a nonprofit public media organization that includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV Classical 104.9 and ideastream Education), the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Facing History and Ourselves. The project focuses on 26 violins, collected and restored by Israeli violin artist Amnon Weinstein, that once belonged to Jewish musicians whose communities were destroyed in the Holocaust. In recent years, the historic violins have been played in concerts from Jerusalem to the Vatican and from Berlin to Charlotte, NC. On September 27, some of these instruments will be played by Cleveland Orchestra musicians in a program designed to honor the instruments’ history and to celebrate the opening of the first phase of Case Western Reserve’s new performing arts center.

You can experience the opening concert by joining the broadcast on WVIZ/PBS or WCLV Classical 104.9, or by streaming it on Several institutions in the Cleveland area, including the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve, public libraries and synagogues, will offer their facilities as viewing sites where community members can come together for this historic event.

Violins of Hope Cleveland will continue throughout the fall of 2015, when a diverse range of nonprofit organizations will sponsor concerts by CIM and Cleveland Orchestra musicians as well as lectures, exhibitions and other public programs.

Even as we celebrate the opening of the stunning space that is Silver Hall, we also look forward to the commencement of construction of Phase II of the Maltz Performing Arts Center, which will provide spaces where performing arts students can learn, practice, rehearse and perform for generations to come. We are still engaged in development and planning for Phase II. If you are interested in joining our campaign, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 800.360.5308.