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Violinist Daniel Hope's family was down to their last dollar when his mother got word from an employment agency there was a secretarial job for her. The family had fled South Africa in the mid-1970s over their unpopular anti-apartheid views, landing first in France and then England.

Hope was 2 when his mother Eleanor secured the job with violin superstar Yehudi Menuhin, whom she had heard play in South Africa. She was not musically trained, but she "knew the difference between Beethoven and Bach," so Menuhin hired her. The six-month stint lasted 24 years and improved the lives of all of the Hope family. Hope's writer father collaborated with Menuhin on two books; his older brother moved into arts administration and Hope embarked on an international career as a violinist.

The skills he learned under Menuhin's tutelage will be on display Jan. 28 at a Koerner Hall concert honouring the 100th year since Menuhin's birth.  

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