The Vanderbilt Libraries will host “The Silent Voices Project” on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Central Library’s Community Room. The Silent Voices Project uses the voices of contemporary children to recreate the voices of children silenced at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Under the artistic direction of Blair faculty member Zachary Ebin, the Toronto-based Ton Beau String Quartet will perform trios and quartets by young composers based on poetry written by children of the Holocaust. Vanderbilt Hillel students will provide narration of the poems, and a brief address will be delivered by Blair faculty member Mitchell Korn at the midpoint of the concert.
The event is free and open to the public. A pre-concert reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Central Library lobby.
The Sound of Silent Voices is part of the community-wide programming for the Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Lovingly restored by Israeli luthiers Amnon and Ashvi Weinstein, the instruments are on display at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library from March 26 through May 27. More than two dozen Nashville-area groups and organizations are involved in the project, and scores of local events—ranging from musical performances, art exhibits, lectures and more—are planned around the traveling instruments.
The April 10 concert is made possible by generous support from the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries’ Wild Bunch Lecture Fund, the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and the Manus family.
For more information, contact Nancy Dwyer.