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Festival of the Mandolins

  Sunday , Apr 13, 2008         10:30 AM        $18 Children free

Event Details

Historic gathering of the mandolin orchestras. For the first time ever all 5 of the San Francisco Bay Area mandolin orchestras will be performing on the same program!

Hear the AURORA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, GRAVENSTEIN MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, INSTANT KLEZMER MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, SAN FRANCISCO MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, AND SILVER STRINGS MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA.  Top it off with a guest appearance by mandolinist extraordinaire, TOM ROZUM, backed up by Home Run Jethro  (LAURIE LEWIS, TONY MARCUS & PAUL SHELASKY). Add the BYO MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA (Bring Your Own), all the mandolin workshops and panels, 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 11:30.  There will be a panel of the Bay Area Mandolin orchestra leaders moderated by Chip Curry at 12:15.

Large display of vintage mandolins, mandolas, mandolettos, and other members of the mandolin family by Bear Paw Fiddles.

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
11:30AM    Workshops: Phil Lawrence: Intro to Klezmer Mandolin                                                    
                                            Tom Rozum:  The mandolin in a Bluegrass Band,
                                                                      Intro to Solos and playing playing behind the Singer.
12:15PM    Panel of Orchestra Leaders: "Mandolin Music:Today & Tomorrow"
1:00PM       Silver Strings Mandolin Orchestra                   In the Bar: Mandolins Like Salami
1:45PM       Gravenstein Mandolin Orchestra                     Historic slides of mandolin orchestras in SF
2:30PM       Tom Rozum with Home Run Jethro                   with Sheri Mignano (repeating in afternoon)
3:00PM       Aurora Mandolin Orchestra
3:45PM       SF Mandolin Orchestra
4:30PM       Tom Rozum with Home Run Jethro
5:00PM       Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
*schedule is subject to change. Be sure to check closer to event.


Aurora Mandolin Orchestra
The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra was founded in 1970 by mandolin virtuoso, Gino Pellegrini,concertmaster and director until his death in 2006.  It h...

Gravenstein Mandolin Orchestra
The only all-mandolin ensemble in the North Bay, the Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble is named for the delicious apple variety that is farmed in western ...

Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
The Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra performs annually at the Jewish Music Festival Community Music Day at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, California....

San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra
  Formed in May 2005 as the Noe Valley Plucked String Orchestra, the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra was originally comprised of mandolin studen...

Silver Strings Mandolin Orchestra
Silver Strings is one of the oldest mandolin ensembles in the Bay Area. It was formed in 1936 as an offshoot of the Flotte-Burchen ensemble from San F...

Tom Rozum
A long-time fixture on the Bay Area music scene, Tom Rozum is best known for his work with Laurie Lewis. Since joining forces with Laurie in 1986, the...

BYO Mandolin Orchestra (Bring Your Own)
This highly popular Orchestra meets every year at the San Francisco Mandolin Festival.  Thus far it has assembled 7 times.  Music is supplie...

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