05 – A Night with Bela Fleck

December 7 & 8
Michael Stern, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo

Saturday 8:00pm, December 7, 2013
Sunday 4:00pm, December 8, 2013

Blaisdell Concert Hall

Michael Stern, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo

Stephen Hartke • Pacific Rim
Béla Fleck • The Impostor, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra
Copland • Symphony No. 3

Concert Conversations take place in the hall an hour before each concert.  Dr. Jon Magnussen will be your host to discuss the pieces being performed and to answer your questions.

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Michael Stern

Conductor Michael Stern is in his eighth season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony… Other positions include a tenure as the chief conductor of Germany’s Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra (the first American chief conductor in the orchestra’s history) and as Permanent Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France… Michael Stern has led orchestras throughout Europe and Asia, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, National Symphony of Taiwan, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony.

Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck, is stretching the boundaries of classical music. Having worked in bluegrass, country, jazz and world music, Béla released “Perpetual Motion,” in 2001, a classical recording that featured Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Chris Thile and Evelyn Glennie among others. It went on to win two Grammy Awards. In 2010 The Nashville Symphony asked him to write his first concerto for banjo…“…Hints of blues and bluegrass are never far away.” Birmingham (Alabama) News, January 13, 2012

“His virtuosity as a banjo player is unrivaled, and the concerto allowed an opportunity to showcase his abilities within a symphonic world of his own creation…No Depression Blog– Nashville Symphony September 28, 2011