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Stories of Hope

Based on the recommendations of the State and County of Los Angeles, we will be canceling this event at this time.

Long Beach Symphony presents Violins of Hope

Arriving in Long Beach on Monday April 20, 2020, and coinciding with the beginning of the Jewish/Israeli holiday of Yom HaShoah - or day of Holocaust commemoration and remembrance - the Violins of Hope will be showcased at three public performance events throughout the week across the city.

Experience the remarkable sounds and stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust which will reinforce key lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.

Stories of Hope launches the Violins of Hope week with an intimate performance at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Honda Pacific Visions Theater (limited to 300 seats). This mixed-media presentation will feature Dr. James Grymes, author of the book Violins of Hope, and Israeli violinist Niv Ashkenazi accompanied by the musicians of the Long Beach Symphony. Through music and narration, this powerful performance will delve into the gripping backstories of the instruments, allowing each musical instrument to tell its own tale.


Dr. James A. Grymes is underwritten by Evi and David Meyer. Niv Ashkenazi is underwritten by John and Marcie Blumberg.