Library hosts “The Sound of Silent Voices” concert

The Sound of Silent Voices concert brings to life the voices of children silenced at the hands of the Nazis. Under the artistic direction of Blair faculty member Zachary Ebin, the Toronto-based Ton Beau String Quartet will perform trios and quartets by young composers based on poetry written by children of the Holocaust. The concert takes place on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Central Library’s Community Room

Vanderbilt students will provide narration of the poems, and a brief address will be delivered by Blair faculty member Mitchell Korn at the mid-point of the concert.

This event is free and open to the public. A pre-concert reception will be held in the Central Library lobby from 6-7 pm. Parking is available in the Wesley Place Garage.

The Sound of Silent Voices is part of the community-wide programming for the Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Lovingly restored by Israeli luthiers Amnon and Ashvi Weinstein, the instruments will be on display at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library from March 26 through May 27. The instruments will come to life once more in a series of concerts by the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero.

More than two dozen Nashville-area groups and organizations are involved in the project, and scores of local events – ranging from musical performances, art exhibits, lectures and more – are planned around the traveling instruments.

The Sound of Silent Voices concert is made possible by generous support from the Wild Bunch, The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and the Manus family.

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