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Holocaust instruments come to KCD as ‘Violins of Hope’

On October 24 during X-period, KCD students in grades 8–12 were treated to a remarkable performance by KCD Orchestra Director and violinist James Racine and ninth grader and pianist Daniel Bronfman. The duo performed Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” as the culmination of a presentation on the Violins of Hope exhibition currently visiting Louisville. The violin played by Mr. Racine during the performance was one of the instruments from the Violins of Hope collection.
Violins of Hope is a collection of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Many of the original owners died or were killed in concentration camps. The exhibition is based at the Frazier History Museum, and we’re proud that Mr. Racine was also invited to speak and perform at the exhibition opening. In addition, some members of the KCD Orchestra performed at the Moved by Music event on October 20.

Daniel Bronfman commented on the impact music can have on a story, and was delighted to participate in the performance. “I was really happy to be a part of a big movement to show everyone around the country and around the world how powerful music can be, both during World War II and currently today, so I was really happy that I could help explain that and show that to everyone.”
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