February 5–7, 2023
Bankhead Theatre, Livermore
Violins of Hope is a collection of restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, ghettos, pogroms, and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience, and survival.
And now the music of violins comes alive again in Livermore with concerts performed by Livermore-Amador Symphony (LAS), conducted by Lara Webber with special performances by violinist Lindsay Deutsch and cellist Peter Bedrossian. Avshi Weinstein, co-founder of Violins of Hope, will provide stories for several of the instruments.
Join the journey through time and music with Violins of Hope.
As ashes of the Holocaust fell to the ground,
hope rose from the strings of violins.
Lara Webber, Conductor
Lara Webber began her conducting studies with Robert Spano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance in 1991. Her studies continued at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and in the conducting seminars of both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. She received her Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Daniel Lewis.
This is Lara Webber’s 9th season as the conductor and music director of the Livermore-Amador Symphony. Previously, Webber has held the positions of both assistant and associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the BSO, she was associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina) and music director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Her career began as music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, a post previously held by such conductors as André Previn, Lawrence Foster, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Since 2019, Webber has been the music director and conductor of the Palo Alto Philharmonic in addition to LAS.
Lindsay Deutsch, Featured Violinist
Lindsay Deutsch received her education from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied under Robert Lipsett. With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, is a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene. She has thrilled audiences world-wide with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship.
Lindsay Deutsch tours as solo violinist with Yanni, having toured with him throughout North America, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and Egypt. Ms. Deutsch can be heard on the theme and all 8 episodes of the Netflix blockbuster series, “The Witcher”, which features her prominently as violin soloist and has recorded “The Witcher Suite, Violin Concerto” by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli for Sony Masterworks, released December, 2021.
Ms. Deutsch feels strongly that the young people of today need to have opportunities to be exposed to the world of classical music. In 2007, Lindsay and her sister, Lauren, co-founded a non-profit organization, the Classics Alive Foundation, www.classicsalive.org, dedicated to building classical music audiences. The Youth Orchestra Residency Program has grown into a popular nationwide program for youth orchestras in which Ms. Deutsch is actively involved.
Peter Bedrossian, Featured Cellist
Peter Bedrossian is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He holds an AB and PhD degrees from Harvard University and was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Julich Research Center (KFA) in Julich, Germany. Peter studied cello with Claus Adam and George Neikrug.
Peter has played with the Fremont Symphony, Livermore Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Tassajara Symphony and Palo Alto Symphony. He is on the Board of Directors of the Livermore Amador Symphony and Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, as well as the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Peter is an amateur radio operator with FCC License AI6RG, and enjoys volunteering as an amateur radio operator for emergency communication in public service events.