Cleveland Classical and Cleveland Jewish News have both published reviews of The Cleveland Orchestra's recent "Violins of Hope" education concerts, programmed and conducted by Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell. These "six engaging, hour-long concerts that unflinchingly presented the events of the Holocaust in music, mime, and words," were presented at Severance Hall throughout the first week of December. According to Cleveland Classical,
It was completely evident in its playing on Thursday that The Cleveland Orchestra puts as much care into its school performances as it does into its subscription series and international tours. This well designed, expertly acted, and excellently played concert was informative, and held its audience in rapt attention without the need for video or any other technological gimmicks. Human voices and instruments in the hands of dedicated musicians were all that were needed.