Wedding and Funeral Orchestra
July 15 and 16
David Geffen Hall10 Lincoln Center Plaza
“Bregović is both the catalyst and ringmaster for a musical spectacle unlike anything else on North American stages. ”
San Francisco Chronicle
For two nights only, David Geffen Hall will reverberate with the ecstatic energy of an Eastern European brass band, accented with soulful invocations and new world rhythms. Bregović, the most famous rock star of the former Yugoslavia, gained international renown for his colorful scores to the award-winning movies of Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica.
Performing as a group since 1998, the Wedding and Funeral Orchestra creates a party atmosphere wherever it goes, bringing together Gypsy brass players, Bulgarian vocalists, and conservatory-trained string players. While the music has a serious side—Bregović has said that it arises from “a terrible frontier” where Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Gypsies have coexisted fitfully for centuries—an infectious joy trumps any underlying sorrow.
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