MIKE MARSHALL, musical director
When Avner Yonai searched to discover his family roots in Poland, he came across a picture of his family playing in a pre-WWII Jewish mandolin orchestra. The photograph inspired Yonai to create a contemporary version of this musical group as a memorial to his own family and the orchestra members who perished in the Holocaust. Under the direction of Grammy award winner Mike Marshall, the Ger Mandolin Orchestra was formed. This renowned group of international musicians features authentic instruments and scores, and authentically re-creates this once quintessential Jewish musical form.
This concert is the culmination of the Athenaeums semester long series on Jewish renewal in Poland, supported with funding from several individuals and groups, including Hillel of The Claremont Colleges, and is a rare and wonderful musical experience not to be missed.