The wait is over! LAJS was honored to present the only full symphony concert in Los Angeles County of Violins of Hope at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on December 12, 2021 at 7 pm.

The violins from the Holocaust were on their way to Los Angeles when their journey was interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis. The historic instruments stand as a testament to resilience, now more than ever, in their triumphant return. The concert marked a celebration of perseverance and music’s power to transcend.


Violins of Hope is a project created to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, based on a private collection of over 60 violins, violas and cellos all restored since the end of World War II. The instruments have been collected by Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshi in Tel Aviv and restored in an effort to continue to tell the story of their previous owners, each with their own personal stories from the Holocaust.

A series of performances and events will run throughout the winter across Los Angeles County, spotlighting the incredible story of the violins and the artisans dedicated to their restoration. 


“For more than 20 years, Tel Aviv violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom have collected and restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust — instruments often lost or abandoned as their owners attempted to escape the atrocities of World War II. The instruments lived on as their owners perished…”


With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, is a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene.She has thrilled audiences world-wide with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship. Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and artistic director of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, says of Lindsay, “A conductor dreams about finding a soloist who understands the essential responsibility of helping change a large community’s view of classical music. In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”

Lindsay Deutsch is a much sought-after soloist and entertainer and is presently touring as solo violinist with Yanni – having toured with him in Saudi Arabia, U.S., and future tours in China and Korea…

Barry Gold has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1982. He has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic, is a frequent performer at Philharmonic Chamber Music Society concerts and has participated in a number of world premieres on Philharmonic New Music Group programs. He is also featured with the New Music Group on the recording of John Harbison’s The Natural World.

A Young Musicians Foundation scholarship recipient, the Los Angeles native began his performing career as a member of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles; while still a teenager, Mr. Gold was a member of a piano trio that won a prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He earned both his BA and MM degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, which awarded him the Eduard Steuermann Memorial Prize upon his graduation.

Mr. Gold has been Principal Cellist and soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony since 1997.


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