The word 'gypsy' means different things to different people. It is laden with stereotypes, but it's the association with unabashed, passionate music-making and a nomadic lifestyle — a search for freedom — that seems to hold the most truth.

Camerata's Gypsy sees the group join forces with virtuosic and versatile violinist, Shenzo – one the nation's leading improvisers.

We also welcome back our wonderful friend, Iraqi musician Nawres Alfreh, performing with Silvia Entcheva who draws on Bulgarian and Macedonian folk music in her singing.

Hear us crescendo into a thrilling 2016 season finale in QPAC's splendid Concert Hall as we trace the heritage of the gypsy style from its earliest times to its popular jazz form of today!

Shenzo Gregorio, violin
Silvia Entcheva, singer
Nawres Alfreh, joza tarhu

Creative Team:
Michael Patterson and players of Camerata of St John's
Michael Patterson, arrangements
Shenzo Gregorio, arrangements
Katherine Philp, arrangements

Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances, and Divertimento (3rd movement)
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op.20
Skalkottas Five Greek Dances
Patterson Breaza a la Camerata

Arrangements of Romanian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern tunes by Cemil Bey (Turkish)

"Re-Gypsified" versions of Ketelby's In a Persian Market, Monti's Czardas, DeFalla's Ritual Firedance

Bulgarian and Macedonian gypsy songs

Plus Gypsy jazz tunes including Dark eyes, Nuages, and Caravan


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Pricing Guide

A-Reserve Adult $75 Concession^ $65 Student^^ $25

^Concession: pension and senior card holders

^^Full-time students