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MEDIA CONTACT:
Karen Watassek
713-632-8105 or karen@spahouston.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

             International Music Rock Star Goran Bregovic
         Brings His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra to Houston
                      for the First Time on Oct. 25,
              Presented by Society for the Performing Arts

HOUSTON (Sept. 28, 2011) – Celebrate the music of Europe’s Gypsy tradition when Balkan
music icon and film composer Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra come
to Houston for the first time, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall, presented by Society for
the Performing Arts.

While performing on the electric guitar, Bregovic leads his one-of-a-kind ensemble comprised of
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. His music marries
traditional Eastern European choral music and the dance music of a riotous gypsy brass band,
with a rock and roll edge. 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.

The Sarajevo-born Bregovic is best known in North America for his compositions written for the
films of director Emir Kusturica including Time of the Gypsies (1988) and the Cannes Film
Festival Palme d’Or winner, Underground (1995).

An international music rock star, Bregovic originally studied violin, before quickly moving on to
the guitar and formed his first music group, White Button, by the age of 16. Bregovic toured with
White Button for 15 years before taking time off to compose music for film. Some of Bregovic’s
50-plus film composition credits include Arizona Dream, 27 Missing Kisses, La Reine Margo
and Train de Vie. He wrote and performed some of the music in the popular 2006 film, Borat:
Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Bregovic also
added “actor” to his resume after playing the lead role, in addition to composing music, in the
films Giorni dell’Abandono and Music for Weddings and Funerals.




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Bregovic has released more than 20 albums over the years. His latest, Champagne for Gypsies, is
scheduled for release in 2012, and represents a musical reaction to the extreme pressure and
discontent that Gypsies have been experiencing across Europe.

Part of SPA’s International Series, the performance of Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and
Funeral Orchestra is generously sponsored by Reliant Energy, United Airlines and H-E-B.

Ticket prices range from $35-$70 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone
at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615
Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on
Saturday. For groups of 15 or more, call 713-632-8113.

About Society for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit
presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 900
performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief
that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community.
In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults
and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build
relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and
throughout the state of Texas.

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