Dr. James A. Grymes, professor of musicology, will present his research in a panel at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The program, Music and the Holocaust: History, Memory and Justice will take place on November 10.
Grymes is the author of Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour (Harper Perennial, 2014), which won a National Jewish Book Award and has inspired several other works, including Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's song cycle Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope. He is a frequest speaker on the topic of music and the Holocaust and has presented lectures across the country, in venues ranging from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He teaches the interdisciplinary honors seminar, Music and the Holocaust, at UNC Charlotte.
Grymes is the Scholarship and Research Editor of the College Music Symposium: Journal of the College Music Society, one of the oldest and most comprehensive research journals in the field of music. His recent research explores the cabaret songs created and performed in the Theresienstadt Ghetto.