Ger Mandolin Orchestra

The Ger Mandolin Orchestra is a ‘living memorial’ project of reviving the Jewish mandolin orchestra that was active in the town of Gora Kalwaria (Ger in Yiddish) in pre-war Poland. Founded in 2011 by Israeli-American Avner Yonai, whose grandfather conducted the original group, the new Ger mandolin orchestra resurrects a musical and cultural phenomenon that was ubiquitous among east-European Jewry and immigrant communities in North America. Its unique repertoire includes Yiddish, Klezmer, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and other European and light classical music. More information.

Led by renowned American mandolinist Mike Marshall, and also featuring Grammy nominee Avi Avital, and klezmer music stalwarts Jeff Warschauer and Eric Stein, the Ger Mandolin Orchestra is a unique 'supergroup' of 11 virtuosic mandolinists from the US, Canada, Israel, and Europe. The members hail from varying cultural backgrounds and their musical expertise encompasses everything from Jewish and east European folk styles, to jazz, bluegrass, classical and Latin music.

General Admission $36: call Ticketmaster toll-free 1-855-985-2787 or buy online (service charges apply)
To avoid service charges, order tickets in person at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Box office, 11am-6pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12-4pm on Sundays.

Presented by the Askenaz Foundation, the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, and the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. This event is generously sponsored by Moses, Libby and Sam Znaimer; by Helen Stollar in memory of her husband, Jack Stollar; by the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto; and by Anonymous. Media Sponsors: Classical 96FM and AM740. In association with the Yellow Rose Project. Part of Holocaust Education Week 2013.

Date & Time
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street