"Violins of Hope – Live at Kohl Mansion"

© Matthew Washburn
© Matthew Washburn

Violins of Hope – Live at Kohl Mansion

Jake Heggie: Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope
(World Premiere Recording)
Schubert & Mendelssohn: String quartets
Live Recording
January 2020 in Burlingame (CA), USA
featuring Sasha Cooke, Daniel Hope & musicians from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra

Along with string quartets of Mendelssohn and Schubert, SFCRC captures the world premiere of "Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope" at a live concert from Kohl Mansion in California. The new chamber piece, written by acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie and set to text by librettist Gene Scheer, movingly commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The piece relays the powerful stories of strength as told by musicologist and author James A. Grymes in his book “Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust - Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour.” The recording features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, violinist Daniel Hope, quartet from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra featuring Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Heller and Emil Miland, with youth solo violinist Sean Mori.


Released on January 22, 2021

Violins of Hope – Live at Kohl Mansion

Jake Heggie
Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope
(World premiere recording)
Libretto: Gene Sheer

Franz Schubert
Quartettsatz D. 703

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Quartet in f minor, Op 80


Sasha Cooke (Mezzo-soprano; Heggie)
Daniel Hope (Solo Violin; Heggie)
Sean Mori (Solo Violin; Heggie)

Dawn Harms (Violin)
Key Stern (Violin)
Patricia Heller (Viola)
Emil Miland (Cello)

Production Team

Executive Producer: Jake Heggie
Recording, Mixing and Mastering Producer &
Digital Editor: Steven L. Barnett (Barnett Music Productions, Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Preston Smith (Perfect Record, St. Paul, MN, USA)
Recording Coordinator: Nicolle Foland

A San Francisco Classical Recording Company Production

Recording Location

Kohl Mansion, Burlingame (CA), USA
January 18 & 19, 2020