The Ger Mandolin Ensemble, 2011 is a project memorializing the Jewish mandolin orchestra active in Góra Kalwaria, Poland in the 1920s and 1930s. Avner Yonai, the grandson of one of the few members to survive the war, has joined forces with the Jewish Music Festival in organizing this musical tribute. By celebrating the ensemble’s spirit through music inspired by mandolin repertoire of the time as well as original compositions, we remember the lives lost, but also give new life to their musical world. We are pleased to announce the world-class mandolinist Mike Marshall as the project’s musical director and the participation of Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital, a Festival veteran of the Ark Project at the 24th Jewish Music Festival in 2008., commissioned by the 24th Jewish Music Festival in 2008.
Mike Marshall and the Jewish Music Festival have assembled an orchestra comprised by some of the most outstanding mandolinists around.
Mike Marshall, Avi Avital, Eric Stein, Jeff Warshauer, Tim Connell, Chris Acquavella, Sharon Gilchrist, Brian Oberlin, Dana Rath, Adam Rozkiewicz & Radim Zenkl.
The powerful story of Avner Yonai’s discovery of his family’s role in the Ger Mandolin Orchestra is detailed in this article recently published by Tablet Magazine.
Mark your calendars now for Sunday, March 6, 2011. This unique event will take place at Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley, around the corner from the downtown Berkeley BART station.
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