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Alum Jay Grymes is returning to share ‘a story about humanity’

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The researcher and writer’s book, “Violins of Hope,” tells the stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and is a companion piece to a touring exhibit in town this fall.

By Joan Tupponce, VCU News

Virginia Commonwealth University alum Jay Grymes views his trip back to Richmond in late September as a “full circle” moment. He will be in the city to share stories from his book, “Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust — Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour.” 

Grymes’ book, which published in 2014, is a companion piece to the touring exhibit “Violins of Hope” that tells the stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and is in Richmond through Oct. 24. And his visit serendipitously coincides with the 30th anniversary of the start of his first year at VCU. 

“My love for researching and writing was born while I was an undergraduate at VCU,” said Grymes, Ph.D., a professor of musicology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who graduated from VCU in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

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