The Famous Accordion Orchestra is an accordion quartet (and sometimes a larger group). Led by composer/accordionist Bob Goldberg, the group bridges styles from traditional to modern, and is suited a wide range of performing venues.
The orchestra's repertoire ranges from 19th-Century composers such as Stephen Foster, Louis-Moreau Gottschalk.and Jacques Offenbach, to 20th Century music by Leonard Bernstein, Paolo Conte and Kraftwerk, as well as originals that range from environmental pieces (that use the space in non-traditional ways), waltzes, marches and tangoes.
The Famous Accordion Orchestra grew out of a series of collaborations using multiple accordions, including the popular Angels and Accordions at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn (five years running!), as well as site-specific performances at the Brooklyn Museum; and marching band performances at the River to River Festival (2005) and Art Parade (2007). They were recently awarded two grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council to create new work and perform in outdoor public venues this spring.
Brooklyn Arts Council - DCA regrant for garden performances
Brooklyn Arts Council - IND-TIER Grant for new music for accordions - 2009
Park Slope 100 (2008) - Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn
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