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Violins of Hope South Carolina - Varna International


Violins of Hope South Carolina - Varna International
Sunday, May 8, 2022 - 3:30 p.m.


A Magnificent, multi-media performance by Violins of Hope SC and Varna International’s Songs of Life. These two world-class production companies are featuring the oratorio "A Melancholy Beauty" by award-winning Bulgarian composer Georgi Andreev, with over 250 artists on stage. The performance will honor Jewish violinists who perished in the Holocaust and tell the little-known story of the rescue of 49,000 Jews by the citizens of Bulgaria. The orchestra will be playing the violins that survived the Holocaust and were restored by luthiers: Amnon and Avshi Weinstein of Israel. Through this majestic concert, Varna International and Israel’s Violins of Hope will educate and unite audiences by proclaiming a message of courage and hope.  


“Georgi Andreev’s oratorio "A Melancholy Beauty" is a smart, confidently written, seductively attractive piece that weaves Bulgarian folk instruments and folk-singing styles into colorful scoring.” The Washington Post, June 23, 2011



Conductor: Charles Evans

Choir Master and Narrator: Tim Koch

Soloists: Shannon Dooley, Soprano; Adam Holcomb, Tenor; Jason Collins, Tenor; Jeffrey Jones, Baritone; Craig Price, Bass

Soloists from the world-renowned "Philip Kutev" National Folklore Ensemble of Bulgaria

Choirs: Carolina Master Chorale, Coastal Carolina University Concert Choir, All-Horry County Children & Youth Choir

Orchestra: The Long Bay Symphony