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Published: 2011/08/31

Bela Fleck Will Debut His Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra

Bela Fleck will perform his “concerto for Banjo and Orchestra” for the first time with The Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on September 22-24. This piece—which Fleck calls “a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well”—will be performed with the 84 members of the Grammy winning Nashville Symphony, and will feature Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo. In addition to the concerto, the night will also feature renditions of Aaron Coplands “Appalachian Spring” and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, which was the Russian composer’s favorite piece.

Fleck has dedicated this performance to revolutionary banjo player Earl Scruggs, who inspired him to pick up the instrument. “You can hear an evolution in my own writing of the piece as it goes on,” Fleck states, explaining that he wanted to “explore the new possibilities of the banjo as a member or the orchestra, while respecting its roots in bluegrass and jazz.” Tickets will range from $44 to $114, and more information can be found here.

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