Catch Bela Fleck’s Premiere of his Banjo Concerto this week!
Bela Fleck will have the world premiere of his Banjo Concerto this Thursday 9/22 through Saturday 9/24 with the Nashville Symphony…really wish I was able to attend!!
As Peter Cooper from the Tennessean states, ” this is more than just a piece commissioned by the Nashville Symphony. This is being written specifically for the players of the Nashville Symphony. Bela spent time meeting with our principle players, getting to know how the clarinet works, how string players bow their instruments. It’s remarkable to me, what he’s been able to do.”
In other symphony cities, such a collaboration would never occur. When symphonies bring in guests from other musical fields, it’s usually to put on a “pops concert,” and a pops concert is most often a dumbed-down, low-level affair: classical music for people who don’t like classical music.
Fleck’s concerto, though, is a first-of-its-kind endeavor, one that involves the banjo, an instrument that lands at No. 428, between foghorn and kazoo, on the list of things that are appropriate to play in a symphony setting. Symphony hall security agents are trained to check for banjos the way T.S.A. agents are trained to check for dangerous items, like 3.5 ounces of mouthwash.