Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents KulturfestNYC: eight days and evenings jam-packed with great plays, concert, films, and lectures to inspire and entertain you! Presented in collaboration with UJA-Federation.

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. The new Ger Mandolin Orchestra resurrects a quintessential Jewish musical form that was at one time ubiquitous in the shtetlakh (villages) of Jewish Eastern Europe and in North American immigrant communities. With authentic instrumentation and repertoire that includes Klezmer, Yiddish, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Czech and classical music, the GMO’s all-star lineup of international musicians achieves a rare synergy between history and virtuosic musical performance.

The Ger Mandolin Orchestra is led by acoustic musicinnovator Mike Marshall, a multiple Grammy nominee/winner for his work over the last 35 years with such artists as David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and many more. Marshall is joined in the Ger Mandolin Orchestra by an all-star cast of ten mandolinists from Canada, the US and Europe, including Chris AcquavellaTim ConnellCaterina LichtenbergBrian OberlinDana RathAdam RoskiewiczEric SteinJeff Warschauer, Joe Walsh, and Radim Zenkl. With their collective stylistic mastery including everything from Jewish, Balkan and Latin music to bluegrass, jazz, and classical, this is one of the most formidable mandolin supergroups ever assembled.

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PRESENTED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF WORKMEN'S CIRCLE (ARBETER RING), MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, BAY AREA JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL, AND MANDOLIN BROTHERS

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