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Listen to the music from the live theatrical concert, Meet Me in a Moment, written and directed by Aviva Chertok.

Violinist Aviva Chertok Li and pianist Monika Miodragovic debut their first album, with music of Ernest Bloch, Jonathan Leshnoff, Lazare Saminsky, and Paul Ben-Haim. Featuring the works of four great Jewish composers, these selections are infused with not just traditional Jewish themes and melodies, but also the spirituality and history of the people through its music old and new, ancient and reinvented. 

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Violins of Hope

The Record Northshore

While musicians are accustomed to playing on historical instruments — Chertok’s personal violin dates back to 1760 — she still is looking forward to how special these violins paired with this programming will be, and commends the Violins of Hope project for not hiding the instruments behind a glass cabinet, but putting them in the community to be used and heard.
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Chicago Tribune

Classical musician Aviva Chertok said she is always aware of the history and the story an instrument has to tell.

“Playing these instruments is a profound experience for me that honors the memory of those who came before us and inspires hope for the future,” Chertok said.

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A violin left behind by a 19-year old girl in a boxcar transporting Jewish prisoners to Auschwitz, came to life Sunday during a sold-out presentation of Violins of Hope, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Patrons heard the story about the violin once owned by Valeria Teichner, before listening to award-winning violinist Aviva Chertok of Chicago play the haunting theme from the film, Schindler’s List.

“This piece is so beautiful and so loved by so many people that it has a life of its own,” Chertok told the crowd. “It brings us back to the Holocaust and the memory of so many people who passed.”

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Solo and Chamber Music

Solo and Chamber Music