Musical Director: Mike Marshall. Featuring the world premiere live performance of “Ger Suite” by Marcin Masecki.


Ashkenaz and Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews are pleased to present the Ger Mandolin Orchestra for the first time in Toronto since 2013. The international string supergroup will be joined by Polish pianist/composer Marcin Masecki for the live premiere of his “Ger Suite,” co-commissioned by Ashkenaz and POLIN.

Conceived by Israeli-American Avner Yonai and directed by renowned multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall, the Ger Mandolin Orchestra resurrects a little-known musical form that was once-widely popular across eastern Europe and in North American immigrant communities. The group brings to life a unique repertoire of Jewish, East European folk and light classical music, using the complete range of mandolin family instruments (mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, mandobass). Their rare and moving concert appearances over the last dozen years have been met with overwhelming audience and critical acclaim.

Now, in its first foray into “new” music, the Orchestra will premiere repertoire from one of Poland’s most prolific and idiosyncratic artists. Marcin Masecki‘s virtuosic fusion of styles spans jazz, classical, and folk, blurring the line between high art and popular entertainment, and promising a wholly original take on the musical milieu of the Ger Mandolin Orchestra.

Presented with the generous assistance of Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Workmen’s Circle Foundation, and Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Co-presented with:

POLIN Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews

Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

Start Date: March 28, 2024

8 PM – 10:30 PM

Downtown Toronto

Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front Street West Toronto, ON M5V 3G5




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