The Violins of Hope are a collection of 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. The Nashville Symphony is bringing the Violins of Hope to Nashville to facilitate a citywide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression.


The Nashville Symphony has partnered with more than two dozen local groups and organizations on a community-wide series of events around these instruments, highlighted by an exhibition at the Nashville Public Library. The sound, presence and stories of these instruments will drive the creation of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, readings and educational activities throughout Middle Tennessee.

Upcoming Events

March 9-18 Collections Highlight – A Holocaust Survivors’ Crate

Collections Highlight – A Holocaust Survivors’ Crate

Tennessee State Museum

View a rare artifact. Free and open to the public.

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March 13 - April 2 Oskar and Emilie Schindler Exhibit

Oskar and Emilie Schindler Exhibit

Nashville State Community College

A series of illustrative photos, this exhibit highlights the life of the Schindlers

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March 15, 2018 Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn

Tennessee State Museum

Learn about Mortimer May, a Tennessee Holocaust hero who helped Jews escape Nazi tyranny in the 1930s.

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March 16, 2018 From the Ancient Valley

From the Ancient Valley

Quattro Evento Receptions

Intersection presents a program inspired by Kurdish and Persian culture

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Learn More About the Violins of Hope


Read James Grymes’ moving book Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust — Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. 


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