Violins versus Violence is a new anti-violence and anti-hate project from the University of Delaware (UD) Master Players Concert Series. The project will invite hundreds of young violinists nationally to participate in a unique music video recording project that will allow them to express their support for racial, religious and cultural equity through their own talents, empowering young Americans and communities with the unifying power of music. This impactful music video will be distributed online and shared with major media outlets for global broadcasting.
As a reaction to the recent rise of anti-Asian, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant sentiment and violence, and in support of Black Lives Matter, Violins versus Violence will debut in Fall 2021 with these young American violinists from all communities performing patriotic and inspirational melodies from various genres in a large outdoor area at UD. The participants will be joined by internationally acclaimed violinists from many cultural backgrounds and immigrant communities as well as community leaders. The army of musicians will be filmed for an impactful music video that rejects hatred and sends a lasting message of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Violins versus Violence is conceptualized and produced by the culture and arts promoter Xiang “Sean” Gao, the creator of Shanghai Sonatas, the new musical promoting Holocaust-Genocide awareness and classical music that is gaining international attention since 2020. Led by Gao, the University of Delaware Trustees Distinguished Professor of Violin, Violins versus Violence will share with the world that racism and violence of any type will not be tolerated, and allow all to voice their hope for unity and peace.
Artwork by David Brinley, UD Professor of Art & Design.