Exhibits & Events

Over 30 community events are planned for November 1-14, 2021 in Greater Reading. We are committed to the health and safety of our community and encourage you to visit the specific venue website for COVID-19 safety plans and precautions. 

Events include:

  • Exhibits 
  • Concerts 
  • Film screenings 
  • Lectures 
  • Religious services 

EXHIBITION: Instruments for Unity

All gallery locations are FREE and OPEN to the public.

Visitors are invited to view, learn, and contemplate the Violins of Hope, an exhibition of instruments that survived long, dangerous journeys of the Holocaust. Each instrument is witness to an extraordinary story and ongoing legacy.

The exhibition begins with a space that imparts basic information about Jewish history and culture, then progresses to display cases containing Strings of the Holocaust. Visitor spaces will impart a sense of respectful dignity, encouraging engagement and reflection about storied violins that will never be silenced.

Exhibition:

Kutztown University

Monday, November 1 through Sunday, November 14, 2021
The New Media Gallery, Sharadin Arts Building, Kutztown University • 15200 Kutztown Rd., Kutztown, PA 19530
Exhibition Hours:
10 am - 4 pm Monday-Friday
12-4 pm Saturday
2-4 pm Sunday

Click here for more information.

Exhibition:

Alvernia University

Monday, November 1 through Sunday, November 14, 2021
The Miller Gallery, Francis Hall, Alvernia University • 400 St Bernardine St, Reading, PA 19607
Exhibition Hours:
10:30 am - 2:30 pm Monday through Saturday

Click here for more information.

Exhibition:

GoggleWorks

Monday, November 1 through Sunday, November 14, 2021
The Schmidt Gallery, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts • 201 Washington St. Reading, PA 19601
Exhibition Hours:
9 am - 9 pm Daily

Click here for more information.

Youth String Workshop

Free
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
Immanuel United Church of Christ, 99 S. Waverly St. Shillington, PA 19607

Join us Saturday November 6th from 10AM-11:30AM in the Sanctuary at Immanuel UCC as we take a kid-friendly look at the Violins of Hope, their history, and the vision of hope and unity they represent.   Students of all ages  will have an opportunity to learn about the stories and sounds of these amazing instruments through first-hand, live demonstrations by Berks Sinfonietta’s Associate Concertmistress, Emily McDonald as well as performances by several local students. String players in grades eight and above are encouraged to bring their instruments for a group play-along, while younger students we will engage in an interactive reading of Jennifer Bryant’s award-winning “Music for the End of Time.” 

This event is FREE and open to the public. There are no tickets or advanced registration required. 

Contact music@immanuel-ucc.org with questions.  Click HERE for our COVID-19 Masking Policy.

Community Havdalah

Free
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:15 pm
Chabad Lubavitch of Berks, 2320 Hampden Blvd, Reading, PA 19604

Join us to mark the end of Shabbat with a special musical Havdalah! Enjoy dessert and listen to the stories of the Violins of Hope which will be playing traditional Jewish music. 

Sunday Worship

Free
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 9:00 am
Immanuel United Church of Christ, 99 S. Waverly St. Shillington, PA 19607

Protestant worship service featuring the Violins of Hope. All are welcome!

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Barrio Alegria

Free
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm
The WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St. Reading, PA 19601

Join us for Barrio Alegria's salita concert series featuring Reading violinist Tony Veloz with bass player Mandy Lynn.

Space is limited and the concert will be streamed on Facebook Live.

“Misa’s Fugue” Documentary Screening

Free
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm
GoggleWorks Film Theatre, 201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601

Screening of “Misa’s Fugue” a Holocaust documentary created and produced by Fleetwood Area High School students in 2012. Post-film Q&A with the director and producer.

Click here to view the trailer

Kutztown University Presents Concert with Violins of Hope

Free
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Schaeffer Auditorium, Kutztown University, 15200 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530

Open to the community. Join us for a presentation by Violins of Hope curator, Avshi Weinstein and a performance including the violins by a Kutztown University faculty and student ensemble.

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Unity Candle Lighting

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:15 pm
Outside Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

The community is invited for an outdoor unity candle lighting prior to the Kristallnacht Commemoration service. Hosted by Greater Reading Unity Coalition.

Kristallnacht Commemoration Interfaith Service

Free
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court Street Reading, PA 19601

Interfaith service to commemoration Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, a pogrom against German Jews on November 9-10, 1938. Memorial candle lighting by local Holocaust survivors and family members.

Violins of Hope: Leadership and Morals

Free
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Miller Gallery in Francis Hall, Alvernia University, 400 St Bernardine St, Reading, PA 19607

Join us for a discussion about what the violins can teach us about leadership and morals in collaboration with the Alvernia University Career Development Office.

Located in the Miller Gallery in Francis Hall, Building #12.

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Berks Opera Concert “When the Darkness Came”

Free
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Wachovia Theatre, Albright College, 1621 N. 13th Street Reading, PA 19604

French immigrant and Artistic Director Emeritus of Berks Opera Company, Francine Black, will narrate her family's journey through the Holocaust: a remarkable story of love, loss, and survival. Interspersed throughout the story are musical offerings by John Pankratz, cello; Neil Hoffman, basset horn; Tamara Black, soprano; and the Albright College Choirs. Visual projections by Cocol Bernal. 

Limited seating. To reserve your ticket(s) click here or call (610) 921-7547.

Located in Building #17.

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Know Your Symphony

Free
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Highlands at Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave. Wyomissing, PA 19610

Join Avshi Weinstein, curator of Violins of Hope collection and David Gross, Executive Director of Reading Symphony Orchestra, for a discussion on Violins of Hope in preparation for Saturday’s RSO concert featuring the Violins of Hope.

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Violins of Hope Special Exhibit at Berks Military History Museum

Free
Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 9:00 am
Berks Military History Museum, 182-198 E Wyomissing Ave, Mohnton, PA 19540

Tour the Holocaust exhibit at the Berks Military History Museum and view part of the Violins of Hope exhibit. The museum will be open special hours, 9-11 a.m., in honor of Veterans Day.

Leo Camp Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. James Grymes

Free
Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Merner-Pfieffer-Klein Memorial Chapel, Albright College, 1621 N. 13th Street Reading, PA 19604

Dr. James A. Grymes, author of “Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour” to learn about the history of the Violins of Hope exhibit. Grymes will be joined by Avshi Weinstein and violinst Todd Bornstein on one of the violins from the Violins of Hope Collection.

Located in Building #32.

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Community Shabbat

Free
Friday, November 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom/Kesher Zion Synagogue, 555 Warwick Dr. Wyomissing, PA 19610

The community is invited to participate in-person for our annual Community Shabbat service. Learn more about the stories behind the Violins of Hope collection during the service. Reservations are required to attend the service: RSVP to RCOS office at 610-375-6034.

Kosher Shabbat meals can be pre-ordered and may be picked up from 5-5:30 pm or after 7 pm. Order online or call 610-921-0624.

The Science of Sound with Violins of Hope

Free
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Reading Science Center

645 Penn St, Reading, PA 19601

How does a piece of wood become a singing musical instrument? Join Avshi Weinstein, curator of the Violins of Hope exhibit, to learn how violins are made and the science behind sound!

Reading Symphony Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman

Tickets Required
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm
The Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 North 6th Street, Reading, PA 19601

Andrew Constantine, Conductor with Pinchas Zukerman, Violin and Amanda Forsyth, Cello.

Program includes Kol Nidrei by Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch and Symphony No. 1 by Mahler.

Click here to watch the program preview.

Tickets are required to this unique event featuring the Violins of Hope instruments.

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Gift of the Arts Concert

Tickets Required • $5 students, $15 all others
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Immanuel United Church of Christ, 99 S. Waverly St. Shillington, PA 19607

Join Berks Sinfonietta with chamber ensemble, vocal and instrumental solos, and a community choir as they present a program of music from Theresienstadt using the Violins of Hope. Wind players from Berks Sinfonietta will play the Wind Quintet by Pavel Haas, while the strings (with the addition of several local high school players) will play Elegy for Strings from "Holocaust" by Morton Gould. The program will also include Esquisses de Jazz by Erwin Schulhoff, arranged for strings by Dutch musician Leonard Evers, and Gideon Klein Trio for Strings.

Click here to purchase tickets. 100% of proceeds from this Gift of the Arts Series event will go to Reading Musical Foundation Need-Based Scholarships for String Players.

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The Fromm Interfaith Lecture & Recital

Free
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Francis Hall Theatre, Alvernia University, 400 St Bernardine St, Reading, PA 19607

Fromm Interfaith Scholarship presentation and concert, followed by a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception for the closing reception of Violins of Hope.

Located in Building #12.

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