Béla Fleck and The Colorado Symphony

by | 13 May, 2011

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer join Jeffrey Kahane and Colorado Symphony

Banjo player Béla Fleck never ceases to amaze.  Concertgoers in Denver Colorado will experience the thrills of a world premiere piano concerto by Kenji Bunch, as well as the artistry of banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, tabla legend Zakir Hussain and double bass master Edgar Meyer in performance of their triple concerto, The Melody of Rhythm. Performed under the baton of former music director Jeffrey Kahane, the Colorado Symphony will present the world premiere of Bunch’s first piano concerto featuring pianist Monica Ohuchi. Heralded as a composer to watch, by The New York Times, Bunch has quickly emerged as one of the most prominent American composers of his generation, appealing to audiences and performers alike with a distinctive, vibrant voice in contemporary American music.

This thrilling evening continues with a rare performance of The Melody of Rhythm, Triple Concerto for Banjo, Double Bass and Tabla featuring the three composers: Fleck, Hussain and Meyer. These masterful genre-benders are the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments and move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass and world music.

The press release cites tickets being on sale now for this must-experience concert that also features Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. These performances kick off a series of concerts celebrating American composers and artists that continues in June with Celebrate America featuring Sandy Patti, a glamorous evening with Pink Martini, and night with R&B stars Boyz II Men.

About the Guest Artists

Béla Fleck has been called the premiere banjo player in the world. He has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map. At home equally in the great classical halls and concert arenas of the world, Fleck has won eleven Grammy Awards and has been nominated in more categories than anyone in Grammy® history.

Zakir Hussain is mutually appreciated as an international phenomenon in the field of percussion and in the music world at large. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but earned him worldwide fame. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Hussain’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations.

Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Kahane made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. Since then, he has guest conducted orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, and the Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Dallas and New World symphonies, among others. Currently in his 14th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kahane concluded his tenure as music director of the Colorado Symphony in June 2010.

Edgar Meyer is prominently established as a unique and masterful instrumentalist with an active career as both performer and composer. Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument,” Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002.

Read more on the Colorado Symphony Website.