Violins of Hope: Along the Trade Route- February 16

Sun, February 16, 2020

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST

Join us for this special edition of St. Alban’s Third Sunday Concert Series!

Click here for tickets and opportunities to support this show.

Musicians have been sharing melodies for centuries, with no regard to political and national boundaries. Irish sailors brought melodies to sea ports in Ukraine; Turks, Roma and Jews shared common songs, and Roma music has origins in India. In Along the Trade Route, we present these internationally renowned Bay Area musicians steeped in seemingly separate cultural musical traditions with an exciting and surprising common vision of musical sharing.

Each violinist will be performing on a violin once owned and played by a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, now repaired and repurposed as an instrument of peace, social justice and hope.


Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer) received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. Until her move to the west coast in 2010, she was principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass, a member of Budowitz ,The Youngers of Zion with Henry Sapoznik, has performed with Kapelye, The Klezmatics, Frank London, Klezmer Fats and Swing with Pete Sokolow and the late Howie Leess, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys and The Klezmer Conservatory Band. Cookie has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including at Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marshall University in Huntington, West VA, University of Oregon in Eugene, Pacific University and SUNY-Cortland and at Klezmerwochen in Weimar Germany. She is on staff at Living Traditions’ KlezKamp , KlezKanada, Klezfest London, and has been on staff at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash. She was featured on the ABC documentary, “A Sacred Noise”, heard on HBO’s “Sex and the City”, and on several recordings including the Veretski Pass self titled release, Trafik and the newly released The Klezmer Shul, the Koch International label with Orchestra New England in “The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives”, Hazònes with Frank London, A Living Tradition with German Goldenshteyn and Budowitz Live. She is also active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor and has been a frequent lecturer at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Niantic, CT. Cookie lives in Berkeley, CA with husband Josh Horowitz, 2 cats, a dog, and her occasionally visiting 2 adult children.

Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern) As a performing musician, composer and neurologist, Emmanuel During has emerged over the past two decades as an expert in the art of improvisation based on the makam (a set of scales and melodic rules) which he plays on a variety of plucked and bowed string instruments including the violin. Born and raised in Iran, Emmanuel During encountered the masters of Persian music through his father, a renowned musician and orientalist. He began studying classical violin, earning his first achievement at a Radio France competition at 7. Simultaneously, he specialized in Persian percussion, including the zarb, daf and other oriental lutes such as the Kurdish tanbur and Persian târ. At the age of 12, he gave his first recital with his father, which quickly led to performances across Europe and the US. In his twenties, he returned to his childhood violin to tackle the Mediterranean Oriental repertoires of Greece, Turkey and the Balkans. Working alongside renowned masters such as Derya Turkan, Nedim Nalbantoglu and Necati çelik during a prolonged residence in Istanbul has enabled Emmanuel to forge his own distinctive style and sound. Parallel to his medical commitments, he has been performing as a soloist, as the leader of several musical ensembles (Yengi Yol, Maliétès, and more recently the ‘Kama’ ensemble) and as a guest musician accompanying world-class artists such as Göksel Baktagir and Alim Qasimov. He has recorded 7 albums and performed numerous concerts, receiving invitations to prestigious venues such as the United Nations in New York, Cabaret Sauvage and Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, and international festivals such as the Fez Sacred Music Festival in Morocco and the Festival of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

Hemmige (pronounced Hemmi-gey) V. Srivatsan (South Indian) is a highly regarded vocalist and violinist in the classical Carnatic tradition. He was introduced to music by his parents, Shantha and Hemmige Varadarajan and received training as a violinist under Sri Anoor Ramakrishna, Principal of the Ayyanar Music College in Bangalore. In 1985, Srivatsan he toured North America with the renowned singer Sri Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy and following this, Srivatsan became a disciple of KVN, learning the art of singing from him. Srivatsan accompanied his guru at the 1988 Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia – he has also provided vocal support for him. has accompanied many other legendary musicians including Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi. As a violinist, Srivatsan pays particular attention to classical and tonal purity. He has been featured in a number of albums and is an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio. Srivatsan resides with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Darcy Noonan (Celtic) started her violin career at age 7 in Berkeley, California. She studied classical music which was supplemented by weekly Irish dance classes. Years later she combined the two and began playing Irish fiddle. After high school she travelled around Ireland and found a second home in Galway City where she honed her music style and got to meet and learn from many of her childhood idols. Now Darcy spends most of her time in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing, and teaching violin.

This program is part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area, presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA. For more about the whole project, click here.

We are grateful for the support of The Albany Community Foundation, Congregation Netivot Shalom, North Berkeley Investment Partners,
Roland Feller Violin Makers, Timbre and Folk Baroque in making this show possible.

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