Orchestra: Songs from the Violins of Hope

violins with Star of David
April 28, 2022 - 7:30 PM
Belk Theater, Robinson Hall

The UNC Charlotte Orchestra welcomes Assistant Professor of Voice Audrey Babcock, mezzo-soprano, and special guest violinist Dr. Mikylah Myers for a performance of Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope. Presented in partnership with Queens University of Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, the ensemble will include students from those institutions as well as youth violinist David Karpov. Dr. Alan Yamamoto conducts.

Composed by Jake Heggie with a libretto by Gene Scheer, the song cycle Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope draws from Professor of Musicology Jay Grymes’s book, Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour, which tells the stories of violins with Holocaust histories, restored by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. In April 2012, UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte community presented the North American premiere of the Violins of Hope, bringing 18 instruments from Israel for a series of performances, lectures, and exhibitions.

Five of the Violins of Hope will be presented at this event: two in performance and three on display.

The program also includes performances of Leonard Bernstein's Fancy Free suite and a short work by Gustav Mahler, "Blumine."

Tickets are $8. (Faculty, staff, and students in the College of Arts + Architecture are eligible for complimentary tickets. Please log into the ticketing system to access those benefits.)