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Banjo master Béla Fleck plays his Juno Concerto with the Symphony Nov 2-4

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 17, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Sixteen-time Grammy® winner Béla Fleck has earned nominations in more categories than anyone in Grammy® history – all on a banjo! Fleck will join the Santa Rosa Symphony on November 2-4 at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center for another dynamic program created and conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. Fleck will play his own Juno Concerto, inspired by his son, Juno. The program also includes Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged by Maurice Ravel, and opens with Aaron Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.  
"I look forward to welcoming one of the great musicians of our time, Béla Fleck, to our orchestra to showcase not only his incredible virtuosity on the banjo, but his creative vision in his own concerto. The whole program will be a colorful and lively journey from the Wild West of Copland's Rodeo to the mystical landscapes of Russia in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition."
World premier banjo player Béla Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.
His groundbreaking quartet Béla Fleck & The Flecktones celebrated 30 years with a North American tour in the summer of 2018.  Fleck and his wife Abigail Washburn took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and released the acclaimed follow-up LP Echo in the Valley in 2017.  Read Fleck's full bio.
Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic while collaborating with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. He also serves as Music Director for the Eugene Symphony. He is dedicated to innovative programming, commissioning new music and engaging in community outreach. Read full bio.

Interesting facts about "Master of the Modern Banjo":
In addition to his 16 Grammy® awards, Fleck has earned 30 nominations, and has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy® history.

Fleck was originally drawn to the banjo by Earl Scruggs' playing of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," while watching the Beverly Hillbillies as a boy. 

Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, originally a suite of ten pieces for piano, is his most famous work for piano. Ravel's orchestral arrangement, published in 1922, takes some artistic license with dynamics and notation, but adds rich color. Ravel's arrangement has become a favorite in concert halls worldwide.  

Program notes, a Spotify playlist of the works and an overview video with SRS Cultural Historian Kayleen Asbo PhD are available on the concert event page. Informative, engaging, 30-minute pre-concert talks by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, which will include Ohlsson and Browne, begin one hour prior to each performance and will conclude with Q&A.
Fleck, Lecce-Chong
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Master of the Modern Banjo"
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, November 2, at 2:00 PM – Doors at 1:00 PM, no talk)
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
COST:  $24-$87
FREE tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request (by phone or in person) ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert.
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
Concert sponsored by Joseph A. and Judith M. Gappa
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Béla Fleck underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Additional support provided by the The Press Democrat and Northern California Public Media.    
-High-res photos of Fleck, Lecce-Chong and orchestra available upon request-
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 92 years, began his tenure in 2018. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. The organization infused the local economy with more than $4 million in 2018.
Currently in its 92nd season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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