On Sept. 27, 2015, Franz Welser-Möst led The Cleveland Orchestra and soloists Shlomo Mintz and Thomas Hampson in the opening performance of the Violins of Hope Cleveland project before a capacity audience of 1,000. Members of the orchestra played the historic violins in the newly renovated Silver Hall, part of Case Western Reserve University’s new Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel.
Extraordinary lead commitments totaling $30 million from Cleveland philanthropists and community leaders Milton and Tamar Maltz and the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation made possible the transformation of the Temple – Tifereth Israel building, a 1920s architectural landmark, into a performing arts center. The Violins of Hope concert was a fitting way to mark the opening of Silver Hall, the first phase of the renovation project. To learn more about the Maltz Performing Arts Center, visit case.edu/maltzcenter.
Ideastream broadcast the concert live on WVIZ/PBS (channel 25). It also was streamed at WVIZ.ideastream.org and aired with audio only on WCLV 104.9 Classical.