We are so thrilled to be part of the Ashkenaz Festival‘s upcoming Holocaust Education Week 2013 concert. Join the community as The Ger Mandolin Orchestra brings you back to the days of old.
All Holocaust survivors are free. Must arrange own transportation.
What: GER MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA
Where: George Weston Recital Hall
When: November 7, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Limited tickets available for Holocaust survivors at no cost aka FREE!
The GER MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA is the brainchild of Israeli-American Avner Yonai, whose search for his family roots in Poland led him to a tattered photograph of his grandfather and two other relatives playing in a pre-WWII Jewish mandolin orchestra in the Polish town of Gora Kalwaria (Ger in Yiddish). The photograph inspired Yonai to create a contemporary version of this musical group, as a memorial project for his own family and the orchestra members, most of whom perished in the Holocaust. This all-star group of international musicians features authentic instrumentation and repertoire that re-creates what at one time was the most popular form of community music-making in Jewish life. Mandolin orchestras proliferated across the towns and shtetlakh (villages) of Jewish eastern-Europe, and flourished in the immigrant communities of North America, before losing popularity in the postwar years. The new Ger Mandolin Orchestra brings back to life this quintessential Jewish musical form, achieving a rare synergy between history and cutting-edge musical creation. The group’s repertoire includes a mix of Klezmer and Yiddish music with Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Czech and classical selections.