Join us for the 12th annual San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins. At 11:30 AM there are workshops. and at 1PM the Performances begin. Five diverse mandolin ensembles perform. Tim Connell
of Rio Con Brio will perform Brazilian choro style; ragtime by the Ragtime Skedaddlers
; Phil Lawrence Band
plays jazz with David and Linda LaFlamme from It's a Beautiful Day; Billy Packard
plays Italian and Mexican music, carrying on the tradition of Tony Flores; Aurora Mandolin Orchestra
plays classical and popular works for the big orchestra
The San Francisco Festival of Mandolins on Sunday April 29 will include a sneak-preview showing of a half-hour film about the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, a project memorializing the Jewish mandolin orchestra active in Góra Kalwaria, Poland, in the 1920s and 1930s. Avner Yonai, the grandson of one of the few members to survive the war, joined forces with the Jewish Music Festival to organize this musical tribute in 2011. Mike Marshall and the Jewish Music Festival assembled a mandolin orchestra comprised of an outstanding cast of musicians including Avi Avital, Eric Stein, Jeff Warshauer, Tim Connell, Chris Acquavella, Sharon Gilchrist, Brian Oberlin, Dana Rath, Adam Rozkiewicz, and Radim Zenkl. The film features performances in Berkeley and Poland. At the Festival, the film will be presented by Avner Yonai and Tim Connell (who will also perform in his choro duo Rio ConBrio).