Events

Event information will be added as it becomes available, please check back frequently for updates. 
All programs, artists, dates, and times subject to change.

Amnon Weinstein
The Nazis aren't here anymore. The violins, they are.
Amnon Weinstein
We are restoring the violins now, so when you hear them again, it is victory. And when it is victory, you cannot take it away.
Exhibition:

Strings of the Holocaust

Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, December 1, 2019
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, Weatherhead Gallery, Ian and Mimi Rolland Center, School of Creative Arts • University of St. Francis. 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Exhibition Hours:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Mon - Wed)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Thur - Fri)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Sat)
1 - 5 p.m. (Sun)
Docents will be on site during gallery hours November 9-23
Gallery closed: Thursday, November 28 - Friday, November 29

Visitors are invited to view, learn, and contemplate the Violins of Hope, an exhibition of instruments that survived long, dangerous journeys of the Holocaust. Each instrument is witness to an extraordinary story and ongoing legacy.

The exhibition begins with a space that imparts basic information about Jewish history and culture, then progresses to display cases containing Strings of the Holocaust. Visitor spaces will impart a sense of respectful dignity, encouraging engagement and reflection about storied violins that will never be silenced.

A special Exhibition Opening Reception will be held on November 9th from 6-8 p.m. at the Rolland Art Center. 

Information at art.sf.edu, 260.399.8064 or by email

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Instruments of Hope

Free
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm
University of Saint Francis Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Join us for an Art & Music Gala that highlights the artistic, written, and visual expressions of New Tech Academy and University of Saint Francis students. Students have developed art pieces, documentaries, and spoken word oratories that bring to life music of the past and present. In conjunction with the “Violins of Hope” commemoration that will be in Fort Wayne between November 9-24, 2019, student designs will demonstrate how music offered hope during an era of unfathomable persecution. Art and music will converge to bring awareness and make an impact on on all our lives. 

Light snacks and drinks provided. Live Music will be performed by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony String Quartet.

Families Lost and Found: Tracing My Viennese Roots After the Holocaust

Free
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm
History Center, 302 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

George R. Mather Lecture Series 
Irv Adler

Irv Adler will share an intriguing story about tracing his Viennese roots while searching for information about his grandmother and family. The discovery of letters written by his grandmother from 1938 to 1941 identified unknown relatives resulting in a poignant reunion. Irv will chronicle his family’s Holocaust story and the path followed to discover, meet, and become acquainted with long lost family members

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Bearing Witness: Holocaust Through the Eyes of Soldiers

Free
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm
History Center, 302 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

George R. Mather Lecture Series
Kayleen Reusser 

Noted author Kayleen Reusser has interviewed hundreds of World War II veterans and will tell stories of the Holocaust through their eyes. Shared will be stories from her three books, We Fought to Win: American World War II Veterans Share Their Stories; They Did It for Honor: Stories of American World War II Veterans; and We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories. Visit also kayleenreusser.com for more information about her work.

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestras: The Violins Live On

Tickets Required
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Auer Hall At Rhinehart Center For The Performing Arts, Purdue Fort Wayne Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Troy Webdell, director

This concert features works by three Jewish composers linked to the Holocaust, giving voice to the violins that have survived and lived on.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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Opening Event: Violins of Hope

Tickets Required
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne Museum Of Art, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

The Violins of Hope two-week commemoration of music, visual art, dance, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, and educational activities officially begins with a screening of the documentary of Violins of Hope, followed by a moderated discussion with book author Dr. James Grymes and luthier Avshalom Weinstein, son of Violins of Hope founder Amnon Weinstein, led by Fort Wayne Museum of Art President & CEO Charles A. Shepard.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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Guitars and Violins: Tone, Wood, and Structure as Described by the Luthiers That Build Them

Free
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Sweetwater Sound, 5501 US-30, Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Two world class luthiers - one violin, the other guitar - come together to demonstrate the similarities and differences in how they approach and exercise their string instrument building craft. They scrape, they gouge, they sand - and in the process create spectacular instruments of great value which cannot be found anywhere else. Centuries old traditions will be demonstrated with live musical examples.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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Violins of Hope: Stories of Defiance, Resilience, and Legacy

Free
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Ballet, Heartland Sings, Purdue Fort Wayne Choral Ensembles, Fort Wayne Children's Choir

Works by Beethoven, Barber, Korngold and others will fill the rotunda at the Allen County Courthouse. A guest speaker will weave a narrative throughout the concert, telling stories about the heroic musicians who inspired the creation of these Strings of the Holocaust.

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Shabbat Service

Free
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46807

A special Shabbat service will combine traditional prayers and songs with music performed on the Violins of Hope.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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Ghetto

Tickets Required
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Purdue University Fort Wayne Williams Theatre; 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., 46805

Purdue Fort Wayne Department of Theatre

Ghetto (Hebrew: גטו) is a play by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol about the experiences of the Jews of the Vilna Ghetto during Nazi occupation in World War II. The play focuses on the Jewish cabaret-style theatre in the ghetto, incorporating live music and including as characters historical figures such as Jacob Gens, the chief of the Jewish Police and later Head of the ghetto. It is part of a triptych of plays about the resistance movement, which also includes Adam and Underground.

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Three Rivers Choral Festival: Voices of Hope

Tickets Required
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Purdue University Fort Wayne Music Department, Rhinehart Music Center, Auer Performance Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Music By Jewish Composers

Purdue Fort Wayne Choral Ensembles, Heartland Sings, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, and Guest Choirs

Massed choirs perform individual works by Jewish composers, including a world premiere based on the Violins of Hope, commissioned for the occasion.

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The Klezmatics

Tickets Required
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

The Klezmatics are globally renowned world music superstars—and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award. The group emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City’s East Village in 1986 with klezmer performances steeped in the tradition and spirituality of Eastern European Jewish roots. Their music is wild, mystical, provocative, reflective, and ecstatically danceable. Ticket on sale soon. 

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Ghetto

Tickets Required
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Purdue University Fort Wayne Williams Theatre; 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., 46805

Purdue Fort Wayne Department of Theatre

Ghetto (Hebrew: גטו) is a play by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol about the experiences of the Jews of the Vilna Ghetto during Nazi occupation in World War II. The play focuses on the Jewish cabaret-style theatre in the ghetto, incorporating live music and including as characters historical figures such as Jacob Gens, the chief of the Jewish Police and later Head of the ghetto. It is part of a triptych of plays about the resistance movement, which also includes Adam and Underground.

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Interfaith Prayer Service

Free
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Location will be determined soon, please check back for details.

Israeli Violinmaker Avshalom Weinstein, Guest Clergy, and Violins of Hope

This event is part interfaith service and part concert, celebrating various traditions of diversity, freedom, and inclusion through the lens of the Violins of Hope.

Ghetto

Tickets Required
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Purdue University Fort Wayne Williams Theatre; 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., 46805

Purdue Fort Wayne Department of Theatre

Ghetto (Hebrew: גטו) is a play by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol about the experiences of the Jews of the Vilna Ghetto during Nazi occupation in World War II. The play focuses on the Jewish cabaret-style theatre in the ghetto, incorporating live music and including as characters historical figures such as Jacob Gens, the chief of the Jewish Police and later Head of the ghetto. It is part of a triptych of plays about the resistance movement, which also includes Adam and Underground.

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Researching Victims and Survivors: Holocaust Genealogy

Free
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, 900 Library Plaza; Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Lecture by Megan Lewis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Presented by Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society

Megan Lewis is a well-known reference librarian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum who will present a lecture about how to use unique genealogical resources to research family history. Source materials from the personal collections of Holocaust survivors and victims, and letters and official documents such as passports and diplomas, extensive photograph archives, and oral histories can provide clues about how to trace Holocaust victims, survivors, and family members.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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The Pianist

Tickets Required
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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Tickets are not yet on sale. 

The Pianist

Tickets Required
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II.

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Ghetto

Tickets Required
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Purdue University Fort Wayne Williams Theatre; 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., 46805

Purdue Fort Wayne Department of Theatre

Ghetto (Hebrew: גטו) is a play by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol about the experiences of the Jews of the Vilna Ghetto during Nazi occupation in World War II. The play focuses on the Jewish cabaret-style theatre in the ghetto, incorporating live music and including as characters historical figures such as Jacob Gens, the chief of the Jewish Police and later Head of the ghetto. It is part of a triptych of plays about the resistance movement, which also includes Adam and Underground.

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Violins of Hope

Tickets Required
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Closing Concert  

Andrew Constantine, conductor 
Igor Yuzefovich, violin 

Sixteen violins that survived the Holocaust. Three composers banned by the Nazis. Violins of Hope tell stories of defiance, resilience, and legacy, a testament to the power of 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”

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Ghetto

Tickets Required
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Purdue University Fort Wayne Williams Theatre; 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., 46805

Purdue Fort Wayne Department of Theatre

Ghetto (Hebrew: גטו) is a play by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol about the experiences of the Jews of the Vilna Ghetto during Nazi occupation in World War II. The play focuses on the Jewish cabaret-style theatre in the ghetto, incorporating live music and including as characters historical figures such as Jacob Gens, the chief of the Jewish Police and later Head of the ghetto. It is part of a triptych of plays about the resistance movement, which also includes Adam and Underground.

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