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Peter Solomon

Articles by Peter Solomon

Violins of Hope

For centuries, the violin has played a central role in Jewish culture. During the dark years of the Holocaust, the instrument not only provided much needed comfort but served as a means to save the lives of musicians and sometimes their family’s lives as well.

Violins of Hope (Extra) Motele Schlein

“Violins of Hope” author Jay Grymes recounts the story of Motele Schlein, a 13-year old amateur musician and partisan fighter born in a small village called Krasnovka near the border of Poland and the Societ Union. To avenge the death of his family, Motele Schlein used his violin case to smuggle explosives into a Nazi hangout where he played music.

Listen to the “Violins of Hope” feature here.

Violins of Hope (Extra) Ernst Glaser's story

“Violins of Hope” author Jay Grymes recounts what he calls one of the most heroic moments in the history of classical music: the story of Ernst Glaser’s 1941 concert in the Norwegian city of Bergen. Glaser, who was Jewish, was the concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic and the country’s most prominent musician. A group of Nazi youths attended his performance in order to harass him and to try and stop his tour. A riot ensued in which the audience rose to Glaser’s defense.

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Scott Clark 4tet Plays Excerpts of "Bury My Heart" (Part 1 of 2)

Thursday night (10/30) at 8:00 p.m. at VCU’s Singleton Center, drummer Scott Clark will lead his group The Scott Clark 4tet in a performance of a new work called “Bury My Heart,” a suite that draws on the history of Native Americans and their subjugation by the United States Government. The title for the work comes from Dee Brown’s 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.