Concert - Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope
This July, Music of Remembrance (MOR) will stream a special all-new production of Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.
Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope was inspired by the same Holocaust instruments Music of Remembrance brought to Seattle in March 2020, just before the pandemic shut performance venues. They are part of a private collection of string instruments that belonged to Jews who played them before and during the Holocaust. Lovingly restored over the past two decades by Israeli violin makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, these precious instruments can sing again even though their owners were silenced. Heggie and Scheer’s Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope was premiered in 2020 by Music at Kohl Mansion. Its six haunting songs share the stories of those instruments and imagine how their owners would tell their own stories. Music of Remembrance’s ensemble, featuring violinist Mikhail Shmidt as soloist, will be joined by Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Laura Krumm.
Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope (2019)
Music by Jake Heggie Libretto by Gene Scheer
Laura Krumm, mezzo soprano
Mikhail Shmidt, violin solo (James & Sherry Raisbeck Artist Chair)
Zoe Lonsinger, violin solo
Artur Girsky, violin; Elizabeth Phelps, violin;
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello
To read the program notes click here.