Case Western Reserve University's Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple Tifereth - Israel opened Sunday, Sept. 27 with a moving concert experience. The performance featured members of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra playing two dozen meticulously restored violins, called Violins of Hope—instruments that had been recovered from victims of the Holocaust.
The 19020s-era Temple, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has likewise been carefully and sensitively restored. The completed first phase of the Performing Arts Center will be a place for music, lecture and cultural enrichment. Silver Hall, seating up to 1,200 people, will showcase performances of CWRU students from the music department—19 ensembles including a symphony orchestra; an Early Music vocal ensemble; Baroque chamber ensembles and orchestra; ensembles for jazz, wind, and popular music; the Case Concert Choir; and more. In addition, Silver Hall will continue to be used by The Temple – Tifereth Israel congregation for life-cycle events and major religious observances.
Plans for the second phase of the Temple's expansion call for new performance spaces, including a proscenium-style theater and black box Fowler-Green Studio Theater for innovative productions and student workshops. Preliminary plans also include rehearsal studios, practice rooms, and costume and scene shops—all with state-of-the-art technology to foster the kind of in-depth learning, creativity and innovation that will enrich students’ learning and experience, and contribute to our overall academic environment.
Watch the video to learn more about the importance of the arts at Case Western Reserve University.