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San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins

  Sunday , Apr 26, 2009         11:00 AM        $18 Children free

Event Details

mandopcnodate_300Join us for the annual gathering of the mandolin orchestras. Five diverse ensembles playing mandolins and mandolin-like instruments from Russia to the Pilippines will be performing on this year's program! Hear the AURORA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, SAN FRANCISCO BALALAIKA ENSEMBLE, INSTANT KLEZMER MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, LIKHA PILIPINO FOLK ENSEMBLE'S RONDALLA, , AND THE RAGTIME SKEDADDLERS.  Add the BYO MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA (Bring Your Own), all the mandolin workshops, and you have day that cannot be missed.

The performances for the public will commense at 1PM. 

Preceding the public performances, the festival opens at 10:30AM with the  BYO Mandolin Orchestra (Bring Your Own).  Music will be provided.  Workshops will begin also at 12. 

Food and drink will be available from noon.  This year will feature Bulgarian fare prepared by Hristos Kolev.

Advance tickets available at



10:30AM    BYO Mandolin Orchestra
12:00PM    Workshops: Phil Lawrence: Intro to Klezmer Mandolin                                                    
                                            Dennis Pash: Ragtime Mandolin
1:00PM       Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble's Rondalla              
1:45PM       San Francisco Balalaika                     
2:30PM       Ragtime Skedaddlers                  
3:15PM       Aurora Mandolin Orchestra
4:00PM       Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
*schedule is subject to change. Be sure to check closer to event.
*Food available around Noon.


Aurora Mandolin Orchestra
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Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble's Rondalla
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Ragtime Skedaddlers
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San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble
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Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
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