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Violins of Hope Artist in Residence: The Daniel Pelton Collective Open Rehearsal
Violins of Hope Artist in Residence: The Daniel Pelton Collective Open Rehearsal

The Daniel Pelton Collective will conduct open rehearsals with members of Kensington Sinfonia on June 11 and June 12 in preparation for their upcoming residency.

The Daniel Pelton Collective was chosen by a jury of NMC staff and professionals for the Violins of Hope Artist Residence, which will allow the use of a portion of the historic Violins of Hope collection for the creation of new music. The collection includes restored string instruments that were once owned and used by victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Over 40 instruments are currently on display as part of the Violins of Hope exhibition, running at Studio Bell until June 16. The Daniel Pelton Collective will also have access to NMC’s renowned musical instrument collection and studio spaces that span over 450 years of innovation and technology.

Daniel Pelton is a Jewish composer and saxophonist from Calgary, who will use the residency to record an album with members of Calgary's Kensington Sinfonia. The work is inspired by the novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on the true story of Lali Sokolov and Gita Furman, who met and fell in love while imprisoned there. The music will be released in January of 2025 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Pelton’s residency will take place at Studio Bell in June of 2024, and a behind-the-scenes look at his recording will be shared in the coming months via NMC Amplify at

The Violins of Hope exhibition is presented in partnership with the Calgary Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary. For more information about the exhibition and to buy tickets, please visit