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Béla Fleck

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player.  Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career.  If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings. The 15-time Grammy Award winner has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history, and remains a powerfully creative force globally in bluegrass, jazz, classical, pop, rock, and world beat. Juno is his second concerto and like the first showcases his virtuosic skills on the banjo.  But with this concerto, he looks to blend what the symphony orchestra does best with what a banjo can do.  In an interview with Dr. Richard Rodda he says, “One again, I’m attempting to put the banjo into different waters and not have it play the role of the hayseed.”  This concerto is named after his son.  ”The world’s not the same when you become a father,” says Béla, “…this time I had a different point of view.”
Guest Artist Béla Fleck joins us for lunch to discuss his preparation for performing his own "Juno Concerto" on the CSO's October 26, 2017 special concert with Béla Fleck. Meet the Artist Lunch
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