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Repairing the World Through Music and Story: An Interfaith Event

This Violins of Hope Louisville event is free and open to the public.

The Jewish Federation of Louisville and Center for Interfaith Relations will host an evening illustrating the power of music and stories to inspire healing and hope. As part of the Violins of Hope Louisville exhibition, this evening will both bear witness to tragic assaults on faithful and peaceful people around the world and illuminate the creative sparks that emanate from within the human heart to regenerate, heal and foster life.

Featuring Grammy Award-winning violin virtuoso Johnny Gandelsman, the evening will be comprised of moving stories, prayers from a diverse mix of the world’s faith traditions, and inspirational music meant to evoke healing, restoration, peace and hope. Also featuring local musicians Sara Calloway (violin) and Jon Silpayamanant (cello and kamancheh).


“The Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” are a collection of more than 50 restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms, and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival.

To honor the voices of those who were silenced, a selection of violins from the Holocaust, which are part of the Violins for Hope traveling exhibit, will be displayed in the Cathedral of the Assumption, and will be played again restoring the memories of the voiceless millions who were lost including the musicians and artists.

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