Rohan De Silva, Piano
Opening Night with Itzhak Perlman is generously sponsored by Milt '68 and Debbie Valera
“Indisputably one of the great violinists …”
An Opening Night like no other. One of the reigning artists of our day makes a rare solo appearance and inaugurates a season that includes some of the world’s most renowned violinists. The 2019–20 Season also features Violins of Hope, a yearlong educational program and three concerts that include instruments rescued from the Holocaust. Their resonance, historical and musical, is a reminder of hope and perseverance. For more information, visit thesoraya.org/violinsofhopela
"On a visit to Tel Aviv, I visited the shop where Amnon Weinstein showed me one violin that had been defaced with a swastika by a German repairman in the 1930s. Something so ugly, however, could not prevent the violin from creating such beauty. I believe that the violin is a replica of the soul, and these violins more than most are powerful examples of perseverance. They once represented survival for their owners, and they symbolize the same to us today.” —Itzhak Perlman
VIOLINS OF HOPEThe Violins of Hope collection will make the journey from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, in an unprecedented collaboration between The Soraya, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, four Southern California symphony orchestras, and Chair Susanne Reyto. The Soraya will present three concerts featuring the violins, with an Opening concert on Mach 22 featuring the LA Jewish Symphony, followed by Israeli conductor Lahav Shani leading the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and concluding with the Jerusalem Quartet on April 5. New West Symphony, The LA Lawyers Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony will host the violins in concerts at other venues throughout the region, reaching audiences across the region. You can find more information about the Violins of Hope performances and educational activities at ViolinsofHopeLosAngeles.org.