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Béla Fleck to Perform Banjo Concerto with North Carolina Symphony

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Bela FleckRaleigh, NC -- Banjo master Béla Fleck will perform his Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra with the North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, in a special concert Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The concert coincides with the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Raleigh, which takes place Sept. 24-28.

Winner of 15 Grammy Awards and nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history – Fleck’s latest CD The Impostor, was released August 13. The album showcases Fleck’s title Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra, as well as “Night Flight Over Water,” for banjo and string quartet.

Beyond recording and performing for ever-greater audiences with his bluegrass-fusion band, the Flecktones, for 25 years and counting, Fleck has collaborated with musicians across multiple genres and from around the globe – from composer-bassist pal Edgar Meyer to jazz pianists Chick Corea and Marcus Roberts, from Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain to such Malian artists as singer Oumou Sangaré and kora player Toumani Diabaté.

The Sept. 24 concert will feature a number of special guests who also bring the world of traditional and classical music together. North Carolina is famous around the world for its traditional music, and from time to time, different members of the Symphony and staff members come together to play as the North Carolina Symphony Bluegrass Band. As part of the concert, the North Carolina Symphony Bluegrass Band will feature Associate Principal 2nd Violin Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin David Kilbride, Associate Principal Bass Robert K. Anderson, Director of Operations Allyn Love on guitar, Director of Communications Joe Newberry on banjo, with special guest Chris Brashear on mandolin.

Also as part of the evening’s program, popular North Carolina songwriter and vocalist Laurelyn Dossett will perform with the Symphony, along with banjo player and vocalist Joe Newberry and mandolinist Chris Brashear, as they present music new and traditional.

Dossett toured with the North Carolina Symphony’s “Blue Skies and Golden Sands” program in 2009, and was later commissioned by the Symphony to compose the song cycle, “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs,” which had its world premiere in November 2011. She has partnered with Triad Stage's Preston Lane on four plays featuring regional folklore and original music. Her song, “Anna Lee,” was featured on Levon Helm’s Grammy-winning record, Dirt Farmer, is included in the documentary film about Helm’s life, called “Ain’t in it for my Health,” and is featured on Levon Helms’ Grammy-winning 2011 CD “Ramble at the Ryman.”

Tickets to Béla Fleck’s performance with the North Carolina Symphony range from $45 to $75. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony’s website at www.ncsymphony.org, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 65 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Sept. 24 Concert/Event Listings:
North Carolina Symphony
The Impostor: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Béla Fleck, banjo

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:30pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Sept. 24 Program
North Carolina Symphony
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

“Buckaroo Holiday” from Rodeo
“Corral Nocturne” from Rodeo
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still
Trad. Collected on Outer Banks
Joe Newberry, vocalist
Laurelyn Dossett, vocalist

“Redbird” from The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs
Laurelyn Dossett, arr. Aaron Grad
Laurelyn Dossett, vocals and guitar
Joe Newberry, vocals and banjo
Jackie Wolborsky, violin
Chris Brashear, mandolin

“Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo
Aaron Copland

Midnight on the Water (Trad.)
Bonaparte’s Retreat (Trad.)
North Carolina Symphony Bluegrass Band
Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, violin
David Kilbride, violin
Robert K. Anderson, bass
Allyn Love, guitar
Joe Newberry, banjo
Chris Brashear, mandolin

“Hoedown” from Rodeo
Aaron Copland

The Impostor: Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra
Béla Fleck (Born 1958)
I. Infiltration
II. Integration
III. Truth Revealed

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