Dr. James A. Grymes, interim chair of the UNC Charlotte Department of Music, reads from his new book, "Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour", with performances of related music throughout the evening. A book signing and reception will follow.
"Violins of Hope" tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and recovered and restored by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. The book has recently been published by HarperCollins and is receiving critical praise. Academy Award-winning composer John Williams wrote, “'Violins of Hope' is a work of research and scholarship that forms one of the most moving chronicles in the history of Western music. James A. Grymes has earned our plaudits and praise, and deserves our everlasting gratitude.”