Bela Fleck to Perform at Merriam Theater, 2/1
Banjo virtuoso and 14 time Grammy Award winner Béla Fleck performs new work with Brooklyn Rider from recent collaborative album release, The Imposter, on Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in the Merriam Theater. This performance features Béla Fleck on banjo performing new work written specifically for a banjo quintet with Brooklyn Rider members Johnny Gandelsman (violin), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola) and Eric Jacobsen (cello) joining him on stage.
Program highlights include new work "Night Flight Over Water" from The Imposter, created by Béla Fleck for banjo quintet performance, and "Three Miniatures for String Quartet" written by Colin Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider, among other new works.
Béla Fleck has been "pushing the boundaries of the banjo for over 30 years" (The New York Times), reinventing the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map. Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Fleck has been nominated for 30 Grammys in more categories than anyone in Grammy history. Brooklyn-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider 'is recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.' (NPR)