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Canton Orchestra presents Béla Fleck in two concerts

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Béla Fleck is considered by many to be the premiere banjo player in the world. He has single handily reshaped the image and sound of the banjo in a career that spans all genre of music. His latest project is a stop in Canton to perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

When you think of banjo music, most people conjure up images of bluegrass players sitting on a porch. Béla has transformed the instrument that tackles not only bluegrass but jazz, rock, pop and world beat as well. Featured during the March 22, 2014 concert at 8:00 p.m. at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall located at 2323 17th Street NW in Canton will be his 2011 work “The Impostor, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra”.

The other concert is scheduled on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at Kent State Stark’s Main Hall Auditorium and features the CSO String Quartet. This concert will feature a number of solo pieces, several personal compositions and arrangements of such well known favorites as “Moonlight Sonata”.

“Some artists try to re-invent themselves. Béla has reinvented several music categories,” stated Michelle Mullaly, CSO Executive Director. “He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history. That shows his range of motion and innovative music abilities.”

Tickets for the March 21 concert at Kent State Stark are $60, with VIP tickets available for $125 that provide admission to a post-concert meet-n-greet reception with Béla and the CSO String Quartet.

Tickets for the March 22 concert range from $25-$45. This concert also features Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances and Franck’s Symphony in d minor. There are senior, student and group discounts available. Dress is casual and the concert is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Tickets and the full concert season schedule are available online at CantonSymphony.org, by calling 330-452-2094, at the box office window located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts (weekdays 10am-2pm), or by walk-up before the concert.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free.

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