Program: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Date, time, location

Sunday, May 5, 2024
4:30 pm EDT

Warner Concert Hall

77 W. College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Free admission

Watch the webcast  – streamed live at concert time.


Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—is observed annually as a commemoration for the approximately six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, commonly centering educational programs that include talks by Holocaust survivors, readings, and music.

This program will feature speakers including Holocaust survivor Carol Wilner, a performance of songs by soprano and Oberlin Conservatory alumna Emily Mandell '23 with pianist Thomas Bandy, and a performance of two works by composers who were victims of the Holocaust. These include the second movement from Erwin Schulhoff's Sonata for Solo Violin and Gideon Klein's String Trio, performed by Oberlin Conservatory String Department faculty—violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson, violist Kirsten Docter, and cellist Dmitry Kouzov. The String Trio was written in Terezín by Klein just 10 days before he was moved to Auschwitz. He perished at the sub-camp of Fürstengrube in 1944. Bernhardsson will also be performing on one of the violins from the Violins of Hope collection. Three additional violins from the collection will be on display in the Conservatory.

Open to the public. Admission is free.

Sunday, May 5
4:30 p.m.

Oberlin Conservatory
Warner Concert Hall
77 W College St
Oberlin, OH 44074

*Monday, May 6 
7 p.m.

Lorain Palace Theatre
617 Broadway
Lorain, OH 44052

*The program at the Lorain Palace Theatre will incorporate additional speakers.



Video: Leon Bass, U.S. Sergeant in 1981, Buchenwald

Welcome: Rabbi Shlomo Elkan, Chabad at Oberlin

Video: Auschwitz

Remarks: William Quillen, Dean of the Conservatory

Video: Violins of Hope and Amnon Weinstein

Address: Honoring Mr. Emil Schoenbrun by Arnie Milner, President of Agudath B’Nai Israel Synagogue

Performance: Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) Sonata for solo violin
     II. Andante cantabile
Sibbi Bernhardsson ’95, violin*

*Bernhardsson is playing the Ole Dahl violin from the Violins of Hope collection

Address: The Ole Dahl violin by Peter Dahl, son of Ole Dahl

Performance: Gideon Klein (1919-1945) String Trio 
     Variance na téma moravské lidové pisné. Lentro
     Molto vivace

Sibbi Bernhardsson ’95, violin*
Kirsten Docter ’92, viola
Dmitry Kouzov, cello

Stories from the Violins of Hope Collection

Performance: El Maleh Rachamim Traditional, A prayer of remembrance

Emily Mandell ’23, soprano

Introduction of Carol Wilner by Emily Mandell ’23

Honored Speaker and Guest: Carol Wilner, Holocaust survivor, with Emily Mandell ’23

Performance: Dave Ragland (b. 1978) I Believe

Emily Mandell ’23, soprano
Thomas Bandy, piano


This program is made possible by Arnie Milner, President of Agudath B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain; Rabbi Shlomo Elkan, Chabad at Oberlin; and Dean William Quillen, Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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