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Violins of Hope on Classical 94.1 WBNI
Wednesdays and Fridays Throughout November

Classical 94.1 WBNI is proud to partner with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne to bring you a new original series that explores the music, composers, themes, and stories behind the Violins of Hope commemoration.  

About Violins of Hope:

A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope comprise a collection of instruments that tell remarkable stories of the defiance, resilience, and legacy of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational Strings of the Holocaust back to life.

Violins of Hope have toured many cities around the world and will now come to Fort Wayne from November 9–24, 2019. Organized by lead partners, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a steering committee of local professionals has been formed to work with area partners on a community-wide series of events focusing on these instruments. The sound, presence, and stories of Violins of Hope Fort Wayne will drive the creation of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, readings, and educational activities throughout Northeast Indiana. Most importantly, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Youth Symphony Orchestra musicians will bring to life the humanity and stories of those who owned these precious instruments through dozens of local area performances on the instruments. (courtesy of 

Air Date:  October 30, 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI

An Introduction to the Violins of Hope with guests Jim Palermo of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Jaki Schreier of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne

Featured Music: 

  • Arnold Rosé and Alma Rosé (1928) - Bach: Double Violin Concerto in d minor, Movement 1
  • Lullaby by Gideon Klein
  • Pavel Haas - Suite for Oboe and Strings Op. 17 
  • Hans Krása: Passacaglia and Fugue for String Trio (1944) 
  • Viktor Ullman - String Quartet No. 3

Air Date:  November 1, 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI
A Preview of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Program and Activities Commemorating Violins of Hope with guest Troy Webdell, director of the Youth Symphony Orchestras Program 

Featured Music:

  • Lukas Foss - Elegy for Anne Frank 
  • Philip Glass- Violin Concerto no. 1 Mvt. 2 and 3
  • Excerpt from Erwin Schulhoff Sym. No. 3

Air Date:  November 6, 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI
A Conversation About Education and Engagement Programs of Violins of Hope with guests Dr. David Lindquist, Co-Director of the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at IPFW and Dr. Carol Lindquist, former Chief Academic Officer for Fort Wayne Community Schools and member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors.

Featured Music:

  • Klezmer selections 
  • Our Town Is Burning (Undzer Shtetl Brent)
  • At The Edge Of A Forest (Dort Baym Breg Fun Veldl)

Air Date:  November 8, 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI
A Preview of the November 14 Courthouse Concert with Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Caleb Young

Featured Music:

  • Barber Adagio for Strings - 9 min
  • Beethoven String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, Movement I. Adagio ma non troppo
  • Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 
  • Choir tunes - 4 titles
    • Mendelssohn - Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah, Op. 70
    • Mi Chamocha
    • Bashana Haba’ah
    • Glick - The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Air Date:  November 13 on Classical 94.1 WBNI
A Discussion about the Violins of Hope Book and The Author's Experiences with guest James Grymes, author of Violins of Hope.

Featured Music:

  • Shtiler, shtiler by Alexander Volkoviski with lyrics Shmerke Kaczerginski
  • Vu ahin zoll ikh geyn - Yiddish Song/Partisan Song
  • Three Warsaw Polonaises
  • Yiddishe Momme - written by Jack Yellen (words and music) and Lew Pollack (music)
  • Viktor Ulmann, 7th Piano Sonata, 23:00

Air Date:  November 15, 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI
A Discussion About Violins of Hope with Avshi Weinstein, violin maker and restorer. 

Featured music: 

  • Rossini - La Scala di Seta Overture
  • Mendelssohn - Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Weber - Oberon Overture
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 2, 4th Movement 

Air Date:  November 20, 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI
A Discussion About The November 23 Violins of Hope Concert with Fort Wayne Philharmonic Music Conductor Andrew Constantine 

Featured Music: 

  • Bricht – Verwehte Blätter, Op. 18b (8 Small Pieces for Orchestra)
  • Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 
  • Williams – Three pieces from Schindler’s List 
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”

Air Date:  November 22 9am and 6pm on Classical 94.1 WBNI

Postlude to Violins of Hope with Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Jim Palermo and Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne Jaki Schreier.

Featured Music:

  • Selections from Symphony No. 3 (Górecki)
  • Shostakovich - Symphony No. 13 - 1st movement