John Williams – Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
Schumann – Piano Concerto
Jonathan Leshnoff – Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos”

Nashville Symphony Commission | World Premiere | Live Recording
Barber – Adagio for Strings

Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Jonathan Biss, piano | Jun Iwasaki, violin

Be there as your Nashville Symphony presents this very special performance featuring the Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments played by Jews during the Holocaust.

  • Concertmaster Jun Iwasaki performs John Williams' achingly beautiful melodies from the score for Schindler’s List, which captures the joys and sorrows of Jewish life before and during the Holocaust.
  • The orchestra will perform and record the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4, a powerful new work written especially for this concert — and the first time that the Violins of Hope have been recorded for public release. 
  • Jonathan Biss returns to perform Schumann’s exuberant Piano Concerto.
  • The evening closes with Barber's profoundly moving Adagio for Strings.

Come early for Classical Conversations led by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, taking place one hour before the concert in the Balcony Lobby.

Following the concert, Maestro Guerrero will lead an informal Q&A with Violins of Hope luthiers Amnon and Avshi Weinstein.

Meet the Violins & the Violin Maker

5:30-6:45 pm Thursday, March 22, in the East Lobby
6:30-7:45 pm Friday, March 23, in the East Lobby

View the Violins of Hope up close and in person, and meet Avshi Weinstein, one of the luthiers responsible for restoring these remarkable instruments. You'll be able to ask questions and learn more about the stories behind the violins. Thursday & Friday only.

Happy Hour at the Horn – Friday only, March 23
Join us starting at 6:30 pm in the East Lobby

Drink Specials
$2 off select wine and beer offerings.

Share Your Story with Versify
Do you have a story about hope? Participate in a podcast recording of Versify, a show where a person tells a story, and in a matter of minutes, that story becomes a poem. Versify is a radio/podcast production of Nashville Public Radio, The Porch writers' collective and PRX, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Violins of Hope will be on display at the Main Public Library March 26-May 27. Click here to view a calendar of other Violins of Hope events in the community and find out how you can get involved.

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Funded in part by

Jonathan Leshnoff's Symphony No. 4 is funded in part through a Creation Project Grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and an NEA Art Works grant.

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A conversation with composer Jonathan Leshnoff and Giancarlo Guerrero

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