The Reading Symphony Orchestra will present “Violins of Hope” Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center in downtown Reading. The concert, the climax of the Violins of Hope concerts and events taking place across Berks County from November 1-14, will feature renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth playing the music of Bruch and Mahler.
Zukerman, Forsyth and RSO musicians will play the Violins of Hope, historic violins connected to the Holocaust that were restored by Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein. Each violin tells the story of Jewish life in Europe before, during and after Hitler’s rise to power. Amnon’s father gave Zukerman his first violin, and his parents were Holocaust survivors. RSO Executive Director David Gross calls him “one of the greatest violinists past or present.”
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