Tuesday Musical will present banjo legend Béla Fleck and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider on Nov. 12. Following the release of The Impostor on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics on which the quartet collaborates with Béla Fleck, Brooklyn Rider reunites with the 14-time Grammy Award-winner for a 20-city North American tour. The "banjo quintet" takes to the road with a program of original music by Fleck and other Brooklyn Rider favorites, showcasing repertoire from its recent Mercury Classics album A Walking Fire.
Fleck's ambitions really took off after encountering the members of Brooklyn Rider: Colin Jacobsen (violin), Johnny Gandelsman (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola) and Eric Jacobsen (cello).
"These guys are really good at new music, and they have a youthful sensibility that really makes sense for a piece that has many influences from outside of classical music," Fleck says. "I listened to their music, and really enjoyed and respected their work. They were intrigued by the idea, too. I started out writing Night Flight Over Water by composing a dozen or so sketches. I took these up North, and Brooklyn Rider and I read through them together. The initial idea was that the ones that really worked out for this combination of instruments were the ones that I would use to build the piece from. But these guys were so good that they made everything I had come up with sound amazing - so it was very hard to figure out what not to use. The good part is that I came to realize that I could write virtually anything and they would be able to make it come alive."
While in Akron for this performance, Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider will work with many area students through several educational collaborations. On Nov. 12, Fleck will join Akron Public School students in the studio's of 91.3 The Summit for an interactive session of performance and discussion. The following day college level composition students will join Fleck and Brooklyn Rider for a composition workshop. Held in Partnership with the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, students from BW and the University of Akron will have the opportunity to have their original compositions critiqued and performed by the guest artists.
The Nov. 12 concert will mark the debut of Béla Fleck to the Tuesday Musical concert series. Brooklyn Rider appeared on Tuesday Musical's FUZE! Series in March 2010.
Tickets and information
A pre-concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the concert hall, and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $45 and $55. All single tickets can be purchased through E.J. Thomas Hall ticket office at 330-972-7570.
Students can attend any Tuesday Musical concert at no cost; they need a ticket voucher that is redeemed for a concert ticket the night of the concert. Parents/adults who accompany their children may purchase companion seats for a reduced price of $15. Transportation costs are covered for groups of 20 or more. For further information, call the Tuesday Musical office at 330-761-3460.