• Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011

    Carnegie Hall Presents Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra in a Spirited Program of Distinctive Music and Entertainment on Wednesday, October 19 

    On Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents a performance by Sarajevo-born Balkan music icon and film composer Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra. The orchestra, a one-of-a-kind ensemble comprising a Serbian gypsy band with pulsating drums, a string ensemble, a tuxedo-clad Orthodox male choir, and two traditionally outfitted Bulgarian sisters singing back-up—all led by Bregovic on electric guitar—marries traditional Eastern European choral music and the dance music of a riotous gypsy brass band, with a rock and roll edge. This is Goran Bregovic’s debut performance at Carnegie Hall.

    Bregovic’s performances are celebrated for fusing modern influences with a traditional ethnic sound, and known for taking audiences from the euphoria of a high spirited and boisterous dance party to the somber mourning of a funerary dirge. Bregovic is perhaps best known in the United States for scoring the films of director Emir Kusturica including Underground and Time of the Gypsies. His forthcoming album, Champagne for Gypsies, is scheduled to be released in 2012.

    To see footage of Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra performing Gas, Gas, Gas please click here.

    About The Artist
    Goran Bregovic
    —renowned classical composer, traditional Eastern European musician, and Balkan rock idol—has created a blended musical genre that is both universal and universally-recognizable. A former violin conservatory student, Bregovic left his classical studies as a young man to play guitar and form what would become a successful rock band, Bijelo Dugme (White Button). In 1974, the group’s first album debuted to instant acclaim, and over the next fourteen years, the ensemble released twelve records, sold millions of albums, and became one of the most celebrated touring ensembles performing throughout Eastern Europe. After leaving Bijelo Dugme and being forced into exile by war, Bregovic took up residence in Paris where he was approached by famed director Emir Kusturica to score his project Time of the Gypsies—an experience that allowed him to explore and develop his love of Gypsy music. The pair followed this success with Arizona Dream where Bregovic further developed his repertoire along with the godfather of punk, Iggy Pop. He continued to score films throughout the 1990s with works for Reine Margot and Underground, winner of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

    Bregovic selected an unconventional ensemble for his return to live performance when he chose to unite Gypsy musicians on brass and percussion and a symphonic string section with distinctive male and female vocalists to create his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra—an ensemble that varies in size from 12 to 42 musicians, led by Bregovic on electric guitar. Since their inception over a decade ago, The Weddings and Funeral Orchestra has toured relentlessly, performing over 1,200 concerts throughout the world. Bregovic’s most recent CD, Alkohol, was recorded live in Guca in the summer of 2007 and was his first album to be released in North America.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Goran Bregovic

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $29–$76, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

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