Preview: "Cleveland Orchestra schedules revival of popular 'Violins of Hope' education concert"

Brett Mitchell will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in a reprise of their popular "Violins of Hope" education program next month.

Brett Mitchell will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in a reprise of their popular "Violins of Hope" education program next month.

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) has published a preview of an upcoming program Brett Mitchell will lead with The Cleveland Orchestra:

A key element of the 2015 "Violins of Hope" project is returning to Cleveland.

Long after the exhibition and other main "Violins of Hope" events have passed, the Cleveland Orchestra has arranged three encore performances of the project's highly successful education concert for families and children.

Only this time, the concerts will take place not at Severance Hall but at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, in The Temple-Tifereth Israel, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

One concert, at noon on Wednesday, March 8, will be ticketed and open to the public. The others, March 9 and 10, will be private events for area students....

A kind of miniature version of the larger project, the "Violins of Hope" education concert is a collaborative event featuring both music and theater. Through music and spoken dialogue, artists explore the critical roles music played in the lives of Jewish people before, during and after the Holocaust.

The program is as follows: Prokofiev's "Overture on Hebrew Themes", the Allegro Molto from Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Bloch's "Simchas Torah", Bruch's "Kol Nidrei", the Main Theme from "Schindler's List" by John Williams, and Rossini's Overture to "The Silken Ladder."

Featured on the program will be first associate concertmaster Peter Otto and assistant principal cellist Charles Bernard. Associate conductor Brett Mitchell will conduct and actor-professor Donald Carrier will direct.

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