Saturday, November 9, 2019

7:30 PM

Mansfield Theater

Featuring world artist Bela Fleck on Banjo.

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American composers Bernstein, Howe, Copland, and Fleck; Billy the Kid, gunfights, a card game, and the open prairie– it’s all here in the music of America. We’re proud to present Béla Fleck, winner of numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album.

The evening opens with the music of Leonard Bernstein’s sprightly Overture to Candide, followed by American composer Mary Carlisle Howe’s impressionistic Stars. Aaron Copland, the “Dean of American Composers, “evokes the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit in his Suite from Billy the Kid. It begins with a song of the sweeping open prairie, then shifts to a gunfight in a small frontier town, a card game, and ends in the ultimate demise of the young gunslinger.


Béla Fleck has taken a circuitous route to his foray into the classical field of music. A powerful creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock, and world music, Fleck premiered The Juno Concerto with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Named for his young son, the concerto has received rave reviews. “...the interplay between banjo and orchestra— alternating at times, converging at others—falls into a groove that makes this unusual alignment feel perfectly natural,” said reviewer Jeff Tamarkin. “’ll be wondering why banjos and orchestras aren’t sharing stages all the time.” Raised in New York City, Fleck first heard the sounds of bluegrass as a young boy. “It was like sparks going off in my head,” said Fleck, who could only dream of what was to come.

He played banjo on Before These Crowded Streets by the Dave Matthews Band, including the album's debut single "Don't Drink the Water".

In 2001, he collaborated with Edgar Meyer on Perpetual Motion, an album of classical music played on the banjo. They were accompanied by John Williams, Evelyn Glennie, Joshua Bell, and Gary Hoffman.

He has been featured on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, Austin City Limits, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

He has also appeared at several music festivals throughout his career, including the High Sierra Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival,Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and Rochester International Jazz Festival. 

He has been nominated for Grammy Awards 36 times and in more categories than another other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, spoken word, composition, and arranging. He has won 14 Grammy Awards.



Considered the world’s premier banjo player, Bela has appeared on late night TV shows with Letterman, Leno, Fallon, and O’Brien, as well as on Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and Austin City Limits.

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Symphony Preview
Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:00 PM
Heritage Hall
Great Falls College MSU

Broaden your knowledge and appreciation of music with Maestro Grant Harville’s Symphony Previews—a series of fun, informative, (and free!) discussions about each concert in the Silver Series. Join us at Great Falls College MSU Thursday noon the week of the concert and feel free to bring your lunch.