Already revered for his daring new hybridizations fusing bluegrass, folk and jazz, Bela Fleck continues to forge ahead into new musical territory with his “Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra.”
Fleck first performed the piece with the Nashville Orchestra in 2011, urging the critic from No Depression to label the Concerto “a tour de force of musical intelligence, wit, and restless creativity,” praise which should surprise no one who has been following Fleck’s career, both as leader of the Flecktones and as a solo artist, for the past 25 years.
Fleck will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the “Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Matthew Kraemer will conduct. Tickets are $27-$63 (box office). Visit www.bpo.org.
– Jeff Miers