The centrality of the mandolin in Jewish musical life has long been overlooked. Mandolin clubs, schools, and orchestras once proliferated across Jewish Eastern Europe and in North American immigrant communities. As a ‘social’ instrument that brought people together for recreational music-making, the mandolin was simply unrivaled. Eric Stein will illuminate this little-known but quintessential Jewish musical phenomenon, sharing rare historical photographs and recordings and discussing his involvement in the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, a unique international “supergroup” that pays homage to the pre-war Jewish mandolin orchestra of Gora Kalwaria (Ger in Yiddish), Poland.
Faculty: Eric Stein