The future home for Case Western Reserve’s performing arts programs is well on its way to becoming a reality. The renovation and restoration of Silver Hall, Phase I of the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel is complete. The opening event was a sold-out concert by The Cleveland Orchestra that launched a very special project, Violins of Hope Cleveland, a community-wide collaboration that aims to inform, educate and inspire Northeast Ohio residents.
Violins of Hope Cleveland is the result of an unprecedented partnership by seven of Cleveland’s leading arts, education and community organizations: Case Western Reserve, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), ideastream (a nonprofit public media organization that includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV Classical 104.9 and ideastream Education), the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Facing History and Ourselves. The project focuses on 26 violins, collected and restored by Israeli violin artist Amnon Weinstein, that once belonged to Jewish musicians whose communities were destroyed in the Holocaust. In recent years, the historic violins have been played in concerts from Jerusalem to the Vatican and from Berlin to Charlotte, NC. On September 27, some of these instruments were played by Cleveland Orchestra musicians in a program designed to honor the instruments’ history and to celebrate the opening of the first phase of Case Western Reserve’s new performing arts center.
Even as we celebrate the opening of the stunning space that is Silver Hall, we also look forward to the commencement of construction of Phase II of the Maltz Performing Arts Center, which will provide spaces where performing arts students can learn, practice, rehearse and perform for generations to come. We are still engaged in development and planning for Phase II. If you are interested in joining our campaign, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 800.360.5308.