Renowned Israeli luthier and Violins of Hope co-founder Avshalom Weinstein will speak about his family’s work, and how these restored instruments, once played by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, now serve as instruments of peace, social justice and hope. He was trained by his father, master violin-maker Amnon Weinstein as a violin-maker and restorer of violins, violas and cellos of the highest quality. Co-founders of the Violins of Hope project, Avshalom and his father collect these instruments with their unique stories that date back to World War II, restoring them with love and attention and bringing them back to life as concert instruments.
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Violinist Cookie Selegstein will perform on one of the treasured Violins from the collection. More of the restored Violins will be on display in the Lark Lobby.Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. Until moving to California in 2010, she was principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony, and served on the music faculty at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the founder and director of klezmer trio Veretski Pass, and has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including at Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, and at Klezmerwochen in Weimar, Germany.
Cookie was featured on the ABC documentary, A Sacred Noise, and her music can be heard on many recordings and in films, including Everybody’s Fine starring Robert De Niro.