The Mighty String Demons of Staten Island's Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial

On August 7 of 2021, The Mighty String Demons, young violinists from Staten Island, under the direction of Sanchie Bobrow, presented a memorial performance to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. In this performance, on the grounds of Snug Hrbor Cultural Center, the members of the ensemble each read an excerpt of the picture book, Sadako, by Eleanor Coerr with illustrations by Ed Young. Between excerpts, the group performed duets by Bartok, the Children’s Prayer by Humperdinck, the Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar, Dr. Suzuki’s arrangement of Can You Count the Stars and an arrangement of Sakura by Joanne Martin. The violinists were joined by guitarist, Nicole Azzarelli and bassist, Kazuo Nakamura. The presentation was in collaboration with Peace Action of Staten Island whose vision is of world peace in which: the menace of nuclear weapons has forever been erased from our planet, war has been abolished as a method of solving conflicts, all human beings are assured the wherewithal to live in health and dignity. Photo credit: Jonathan Chui.

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Sanchie Bobrow

Sanchie Bobrow received her Suzuki teacher training from Louise Behrend and has been a member of the violin faculty of the School for Strings in New york City since 1988. She is the director of the Mighty String Demons, an ensemble of young violinists, who perform at schools, senior homes, hospitals, museums, and charity events in their Staten Island community. Ms. Bobrow has written several articles on violin pedagogy for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal as well as the School for Strings’ newsletter, The Tuning Fork. A composer as well as a violin instructor, Ms. Bobrow had her composition for string orchestra, Points of Light, premiered by the Camerata of the School for Strings at the school’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Carnegie Hall in May of 2011. Her composition, The Elephant’s Secret, for narrator and string ensemble, is available for purchase at

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