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Intonations: Songs From The Violins Of Hope

Saturday, April 4 through Sunday, April 5
Halton Theater
Presented by College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte

Listen! These are not simply notes you hear, But the voices – the stardust – of eternity.

The College of Arts + Architecture, in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College, presents a musical commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, featuring the east coast premiere of Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Composed by internationally regarded composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope was commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, receiving its world premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area on January 27, 2019.

Intonations is a song cycle scored for mezzo-soprano, violin soloist, and string quartet, with a concluding solo by a child violinist. The poetic text is inspired by the stories from the book Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour, written by UNC Charlotte musicologist James Grymes. Published by Harper Collins in 2014, Violins of Hope won a National Jewish Book Award. It tells this histories of violins recovered from the Holocaust by Iraeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. UNC Charlotte presented the North American premiere of those violins in exhibition and performance in April 2012. Since then more than a dozen U.S. cities have hosted the Violins of Hope.

Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope will feature mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock, assistant professor of voice at UNC Charlotte, and solo violinist Mikylah Myers from West Viriginia University, performing with the Beo String Quartet of Pittsburgh. Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra violinist David Karpov joins the ensemble for the conclusion.

Following the performance of Intonations, the University Chorale and the CPCC Chorus will perform Bernstein's beautiful Chichester Psalms, a setting in three movements of six Psalms, sung in Hebrew. Conducted by Alan Yamamoto, division director of visual and performing arts at CPCC, Chichester Psalms will feature harpist Christine Leimer, a professor at CPCC.

These concerts culminate the 2020 Sensoria festival, a celebration of literature and the arts at Central Piedmont Commnunity College. For tickets, please visit

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Schedule & Tickets

Saturday, April 4, 2020 @ 7:30pm · tickets · add to calendar 2020-04-04 19:30:00 2020-04-04 22:30:00 America/New_York Intonations: Songs From The Violins Of Hope Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204
Sunday, April 5, 2020 @ 2:30pm · tickets · add to calendar 2020-04-05 14:30:00 2020-04-05 17:30:00 America/New_York Intonations: Songs From The Violins Of Hope Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204

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