FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS PRESENTS SPECIAL EVENT: BELA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN, HUSBAND/WIFE BANJO DUO
On Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, 16-time Grammy award-winner Béla Fleck will collaborate with singer, fellow banjoist and wife, Abigail Washburn, to present vernacular music of Appalachia. This special event hosted by Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) spans the genres of bluegrass, jazz, African and Asian styles. The duo will bring highlights from the their recent album, which won Best Folk Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Tickets are only $40 ($15 for students), available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, and by calling 609-258-9220.
“Washburn and her husband Béla Fleck are banjo royalty – he redefined bluegrass with the Flecktones, she fused the sounds of Appalachia with Chinese folk … In the duo’s hands, their combined total of 10 strings can span the range of a piano, a blues band or an entire symphony orchestra.” – The Guardian (London)
Fleck has recently devoted time away from his genre-busting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea, while Washburn has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force and become quite a live draw in her own right.
Committed to presenting the highest caliber chamber music, PUC is excited to offer a program that highlights the diversity of the genre. As PUC’s upcoming concerts span everything from Anglo-Saxon harp (Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf) to Finnish violin music (Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly’s Breaking Ground program) to one of the pillars of classical music (pianist Murray Perahia), the spring season celebrates a pronounced range of styles.
BÉLA FLECK, banjo and ABIGAIL WASHBURN, banjo/voice
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30PM
“Music of Appalachia”
Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
$40 General, $10 Students. Tickets are available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
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