Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and ideastream (a nonprofit public media organization that includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV Classical 104.9, and ideastream Education) formed an unprecedented collaboration to present an inspiring program about perseverance in the face of incomprehensible darkness: Violins of Hope Cleveland.

Thanks to the vision of Richard Bogomolny and Milton and Tamar Maltz, plus the leadership of the partner institutions, Violins of Hope Cleveland was a landmark project. It was only the second time that the violins were seen in North America, and the first time that they were the centerpiece for such a broad spectrum of programming, spanning three months and reaching audiences throughout the United States and around the world, including France, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Germany, Israel, and more.

Violins of Hope Cleveland launched on September 27, 2015, and concluded on January 3, 2016. Programming included orchestral and chamber music, klezmer concerts, a major exhibition at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, lectures, films, educational programming in schools throughout Greater Cleveland, adult learning opportunities, and exhibitions and events sponsored by community arts and cultural organizations.

For details about programs and events, see the Violins of Hope Cleveland calendar or explore media coverage of the events.

Recordings and videos of Violins of Hope Cleveland concerts, events, interviews, and programming can be found at