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World Music Institute To Present Béla Fleck: Rhythm, Raga & Rhapsody At Carnegie Hall May 4th, 2024


By Stevie Connor.



Béla Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable legacy that has taken him all over the musical map. Rhythm, Raga & Rhapsody will celebrate the music of Fleck’s career, including his New York premiere of “Rhapsody in Blue” performed with an orchestra, conducted by Eric Jacobsen. The multi-artist night features My Bluegrass Heart, tabla master Zakir Hussain, pianist Bruce Hornsby, and woodwind player Anat Cohen.


World Music Institute's Collaboration series presents cross-cultural musical explorations and collaborations. This series often explores ways in which the music of artists from one culture have influenced the music of another culture, or the music of seemingly widely varying cultures can be strikingly similar or complementary.



Béla Fleck: Rhythm, Raga & Rhapsody

Béla Fleck featuring

Eric Jacobsen & The Fleckharmonic

My Bluegrass Heart

(Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz & Bryan Sutton)

Zakir Hussain

Bruce Hornsby

Anat Cohen



The latest project from banjo great Béla Fleck expands and explores George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by paying homage to the legendary composer while redefining an American classic — just in time for its centennial. Available February 12, a hundred years to the day Gershwin premiered the work at Aeolian Hall in New York City, Fleck’s Rhapsody in Blue album includes three variations: “Rhapsody in Blue(grass),” “Rhapsody in Blue(s),” and the classic orchestration, but with banjo featured instead of piano, performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Eric Jacobson. The set also features Gershwin’s “Rialto Ripples” and “Unidentified Piece for Banjo,” an unrecorded and unreleased gem discovered at the Library of Congress.



TOUR DATES

JAN 6 SAT

Earl Scruggs' 100th Birthday Celebration @ Ryman Auditorium @ 8:00pm

Nashville, TN, United States

JAN 30 TUE

My Bluegrass Heart @ Sons d'hiver Festival @ 8:00pm

Maisons-alfort, France

FEB 1 THU

My Bluegrass Heart @ Royal Concert Hall @ 8:00pm

Glasgow, United Kingdom

FEB 3 SAT

My Bluegrass Hall @ Vicar St. @ 8:00pm

Dublin, Ireland

FEB 4 SUN

My Bluegrass Heart @ Cadogan Hall @ 8:00pm

London, United Kingdom

FEB 5 MON

My Bluegrass Heart @ Het Depot @ 8:00pm

Leuven, Belgium

FEB 7 WED

My Bluegrass Heart @ Kaufleuten @ 8:00pm

Zurich, Switzerland

FEB 9 FRI

My Bluegrass Heart @ Luxembourg - Philharmonic @ 8:00pm

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

FEB 11 SUN

My Bluegrass Heart @ ElbPhilharmonie @ 8:00pm

Hamburg, Germany

FEB 14 WED

My Bluegrass Heart @ Béla Bartok Concert Hall @ 8:00pm

Budapest, Hungary

FEB 15 THU

My Bluegrass Heart @ Sono Music Club @ 7:30pm

Brno, Czechia

FEB 16 FRI

My Bluegrass Heart @ Dlabacov Hall @ 5:00pm

Královské Vinohrady, Czechia

FEB 17 SAT

My Bluegrass Heart @ Centar Za Kulturu @ 8:00pm

Čakovec, Croatia

FEB 18 SUN

My Bluegrass Heart @ Wiener Konzerthaus @ 8:00pm

Wien, Austria

MAR 9 SAT

Béla Fleck w/ Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra @ Lied Center for Performing Arts @ 7:30pm

Lincoln, NE, United States

APR 3 WED

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Kleinhans Music Hall @ 7:30pm

Buffalo, NY, United States

APR 4 THU

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts @ 8:00pm

Oakville, ON, Canada

APR 5 FRI

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Kingston Grand Theatre @ 7:30pm

Kingston, ON, Canada

APR 6 SAT

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Spruce Peak PAC @ 7:00pm

Stowe, VT, United States

APR 9 TUE

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Centrepointe @ 7:30pm

Ottawa, ON, Canada

APR 10 WED

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Partridge Hall @ 7:30pm

St. Catharines, ON, Canada

APR 12 FRI

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ The State Theatre @ 8:00pm

State College, PA, United States

APR 13 SAT

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Goshen College @ 7:30pm

Goshen, IN, United States

APR 14 SUN

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Lexington Opera House @ 8:00pm

Lexington, KY, United States

APR 25 THU

My Bluegrass Heart @ Kohler Memorial Theatre @ 7:00pm

Kohler, WI, United States

APR 26 FRI

My Bluegrass Heart @ Royal Oak Music Theatre @ 7:00pm

Royal Oak, MI, United States

APR 27 SAT

My Bluegrass Heart @ MerleFest @ 8:00pm

Wilkesboro, NC, United States

MAY 4 SAT

Béla Fleck: Rhythm, Raga & Rhapsody @ Carnegie Hall @ 8:00pm

New York, NY, United States



Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States. WMI is committed to presenting the best in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for the world's rich cultural traditions, promoting awareness and appreciation and encouraging cross-cultural dialog and exchange. WMI presents at venues throughout the city and depends on both public and private funding to accomplish its mission.


The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.




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