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 20, 2018 Ancient Wars and Modern Conflicts

Ancient Wars and Modern Conflicts

The Parthenon

A lecture about the effects of warfare on civilizations. Free.

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March 20, 2018 Composers of Hope

Composers of Hope

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Chamber music concert. Free, reservations required.

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March 21, 2018 Interfaith Women’s Passover Seder

Interfaith Women’s Passover Seder

Congregation Micah

Free and open to the public

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March 22-24, 2018 Guerrero Conducts the Violins of Hope

Guerrero Conducts the Violins of Hope

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Featuring the Giancarlo Guerrero & the Nashville Symphony

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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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