In memory of his late grandmother Lusia Hornstein, Samuel Hornstein will perform the Pavel Haas Study for String Orchestra with members of the BSO.
"My grandmother Lusia Hornstein participated in the Warsaw Uprising after losing her entire immediate family in the Holocaust. It's very special to me to honor her memory at Symphony Hall, joining these outstanding artists to perform music from Terezín by Pavel Haas. I thank Mark Ludwig for this meaningful opportunity, and TMF for the important work they do."
Sam is an eighteen-year-old violinist, a member of the Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra under Maestro Federico Cortese and a liturgical and Klezmer soloist at Temple Beth David in Westwood, Massachusetts. He has studied with Jan Riggs and participated in the master classes of Clay Hoener. Sam has won the 2006 Solo Honors Recital Award of the Colorado Suzuki Institute.
“It is a pleasure to have this wonderful young violinist perform with us today to honor his grandmother, and I thank Sam and his family for bringing us this special connection to her voice of resistance.”
—Mark Ludwig, TMF Executive Director
ABOUT LUSIA HORNSTEIN
Lusia Hornstein was born in Lvov, Poland in 1925 and raised in a traditional Orthodox Jewish and Zionist household. She studied classical piano and as a child dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. Her immediate family was lost in the Holocaust, but she evaded capture and participated in the Warsaw Uprising, eluding the advancing Nazi armies by fleeing through the sewers of Warsaw. After the war, Lusia studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory before pursuing a medical education in Heidelberg, Germany with her husband, Stephen, and their dearest friends, Anna and Paul Ornstein, who had both survived the Holocaust. The two couples immigrated to the United States to complete their medical training. Lusia became Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and specialized in the care of children with developmental disabilities at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
In addition to inspiring her grandson, Lusia also inspired the TMF Commission "Songs of Sorrow and Hope" by Stephen Feigenbaum, sponsored in her memory by her son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Mark and Abby Hornstein and their family.
There can be no more fitting way to honor Lusia’s memory than through a commission which involves two of her life’s greatest passions: children and music.