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Congregation B’nai Shalom and the Contra Costa JCC are proud to be part of the San Francisco Bay Area tour of The Violins of Hope. Spanning eight-weeks, this tour coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, one of the many concentration camps where Jewish musicians were forcibly directed to perform in camp orchestras, small ensembles or individually on their own instruments.


Cookie Segelstein was the principal violist in Orchestra New England and is on the staff at Living Traditions’ KlezKamp and Klezzfest London.

Emmanuel During is an Iranian-born musician, composer, and neurologist who encountered the masters of Persian music through his father, an acclaimed musician.

Darcy Noonan studied classical music and Irish dance. Years later she began playing Irish fiddle.

• Suzy Thompson apprenticed with Cajun fiddle legend Dewy Balfa and is now the artistic Director Emeritus of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

Although steeped in seemingly separate cultural traditions, these four show a surprising common vision of musical sharing. Each musician will perform on a violin once owned and played by a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, now repaired and repurposed as an instrument of peace, social justice and hope. Along the Trade Route will celebrate the remarkable resilience of the human spirit.

Visit bshalom.org in October for more details.

Tickets for preferred seating and post-concert reception: $72

Pre-admission: $36; At-the-door: $45.

For limited youth (18 and under) tickets, call 925.322.0958.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this important event. Inquiries: office@bshalom.org. Underwriters include the Contra Costa JCC & Cong. B’nai Shalom.