The Richmond (Va.) Symphony is partnering with the city’s Virginia Holocaust Museum and its Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center to present “Voices of Survival,” a multi-media program on January 27, 2015 at the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond CenterStage. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and in observation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the event will feature works by composers who suffered in the ghettos and concentration camps of the Nazi empire and celebrate the lives and creativity of Holocaust victims through music, words, and music. Video interviews with Holocaust survivors will be presented throughout the evening. Participating in the concert and a complementary event on January 26 at the Weinstein JCC will be author and Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus James A. Grymes, whose book Violins of Hope recounts the violin’s role in Jewish and culture and one man’s 20-year journey to restore the violins of Holocaust victims. The orchestra will be joined by the Richmond Symphony Chorus and invited choristers from universities throughout the state. WCVE-TV will record the concert for subsequent statewide broadcast.

Posted October 20, 2014