Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra, Flecktones Tour Dates

Béla Fleck has released more details surrounding his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra planned for September 22-24 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Very cool.

Béla Fleck will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra — one of the first ever written for the instrument — with the Nashville Symphony on September 22-24 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To be performed by Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo, the Concerto marks a significant new departure for Fleck, who calls the piece “a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well.” Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s opening concerts in the 2011/12 SunTrust Classical Series.

Here’s more info via the Tennessean

Fleck is dedicating the concerto to banjo legend Earl Scruggs, who first inspired him to try his hand at the instrument. The concerts will also feature performances of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The Sept. 22 concert will be webcast live on the Nashville Symphony’s website.

Tickets are $44-$114 and on sale now at nashvillesymphony.org or by calling (615) 687-6400.

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones Tour Dates

9/2/11 Binghamton University Binghamton, NY
9/3/11 Belleayre Music Festival High Mount, NY
9/4/11 Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Orkney Springs, VA
10/13/11 Paramount Theater Austin, TX
10/14/11 ATT Performing Arts Center Dallas, TX
10/15/11 Yonderfest Ozark, AR
10/18/11 Lyric Theater Stuart, FL
10/19/11 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/20/11 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL
10/21/11 House of Blues Orlando, FL
10/22/11 Suwannee Music Park Live Oak, FL
10/23/11 Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Charlotte, NC
11/3/11 University of Buffalo Buffalo, NY
11/4/11 Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
11/5/11 State University of New York Potsdam, NY
11/6/11 Center for the Performing Arts Albany, NY
11/7/11 The Music Center Strathmore, MD
11/9/11 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ
11/10/11 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA
11/11/11 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center New Bedford, MA
11/16/11 Town Hall New York, NY
11/17/11 Keswick Theater Glenside, PA
11/18/11 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
11/19/11 Paramount Theater Rutland, VT
11/20/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH