Media are invited to conduct interviews and photograph/film violins being unpacked & played by Louisville Orchestra’s Gabe Lefkowitz

LOUISVILLE, KY - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 — To kick off the opening of its next exhibit, Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust (Oct. 17 – 27), the Frazier History Museum will be hosting three separate events, all of which are open to members of the media.

1. Media Day. Thursday, October 10, 1 – 1:30 pm. The Great Hall, 1st floor, Frazier History Museum.

About the Event. A sneak peek of the Violins of Hope as they arrive in Louisville at the Frazier, where they will be on public display October 17th to 27th. Media can take photos & b-roll of the violins being unpacked, handled, and played by Lefkowitz.

Spokespersons. Andy Treinen, Vice President, Frazier Museum and Gabriel Lefkowitz, concertmaster, Louisville Orchestra will be present to answer questions about the exhibit and its programs.

Performers. Lefkowitz will play one or more of the violins.

2. “Violins of Hope Exhibit Opening.” Thursday, October 17, 5 pm (cocktail hour, 5 – 6 pm; program, 6 pm – ). The Great Hall & The Brown-Forman Theatre, 1st floor, Frazier History Museum.

About the Event. A private exhibit opening for invited guests that will include brief remarks and live music.

Presenters. The Honorable Jerry Abramson (emcee); Rachel Platt, Director of Community Engagement, Frazier Museum; Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville Metro (available 5:45 – 6:30 pm); Avshi Weinstein, Co-founder, Violins of Hope; and Rabbi Slosberg, Adath Jeshurum.

Performers. The Concentus String Quartet; members of the Bellarmine University Singers, Bellarmine Schola, and Bellarmine Oratorio Society, accompanied by Rachel Halladay (violin); and James Racine, a.k.a. Maestro J, accompanied by Trey Latham (keyboard).

3. “Moved by Music: Violins of Hope.” Sunday, October 20, 2 pm. The Great Hall & The Brown-Forman Theatre, 1st floor, Frazier History Museum.

About the Event. A public exhibit opening and program. Select local musicians will perform and discuss the ways in which they’re moved by music. Admission is free and open to the public, but guests must first register online at

Performers. Lost Tribe, Louisville Folk School, Maestro J and KCD Chamber Ensemble, Classic Revolution, Jecorey Arthur and Miles Howerton, and Keith Cook and WESTEC/ArtsReach student violinists.

About the Exhibit

The Violins of Hope is a collection of more than 50 restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms, and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience, and survival.

The violins are now giving voice to the horrors of the Holocaust as part of a series of programs being held in cities in Europe, Israel, and the United States. The collection is being brought to Louisville on October 10 to facilitate a citywide dialogue about music, art, social justice, and free expression. The Frazier Museum will display the violins as an exhibit, Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, from October 17 to 27. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public, and guided tours will be offered daily.

For more information about the exhibit and a full schedule of events, visit For images of the violins, key personnel, and more, visit

About the Frazier History Museum

The Frazier is a world-class museum located in the West Main District of downtown Louisville. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Frazier documents and reinterprets stories from history using artifacts, exhibition, and live daily performances by a talented staff of Teaching Artists. With the opening of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center and The Spirit of Kentucky® exhibition in 2018, the Frazier became the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

For more information, please call 502.753.5663 or visit

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