Violins of Hope is an original WDAV special, which consists of concerts performed at the Knight Theater and Dana Auditorium at Queens University in April 2012 during the Charlotte residency of the exhibit Violins of Hope. Presented by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture in a variety of venues, the project displayed violins that survived the holocaust and were lovingly restored by Israeli craftsman Amnon Weinstein. In addition there were lectures and concerts, and the program features highlights from the musical performances.
The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.