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.


Through Jun 24, 2018 Nick Cave: Feat. Exhibit

Nick Cave: Feat. Exhibit

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Visual art exhibit exploring issues of identity and social justice

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January 18 Nashville Ballet Open Rehearsal Viewing

Nashville Ballet Open Rehearsal Viewing

Nashville Ballet Studio A

For Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project - free and open to the public

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January 23, 25, 30 & Feb. 1 Nashville Ballet’s Inside the Ballet

Nashville Ballet’s Inside the Ballet

Nashville Ballet Studio A

An inside look at Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project

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January 24 Nashville Ballet Lunch & Learn

Nashville Ballet Lunch & Learn

Belcourt Theatre

Free and open to the public

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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. 



Including the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, visual artist Nick Cave and moe.

Educational Programs

Lectures and town hall dialogues, Book clubs, author events and reading activities, Adult and student education programs and more.


Instrument exhibit at Nashville Public Library and more to be announced soon.

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