Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten, Grammy-Winning Banjoist and Bassist in a Duo Concert

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8pm — Sanders Theatre

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445, stephanie@stephaniejanespr.com
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Fleck_Bela_2008_chair(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present banjoist Béla Fleck and bassist Victor Wooten on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Sanders Theatre box office, Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

This performance marks the fourth appearance for Béla Fleck and the second for Victor Wooten with Celebrity Series of Boston; they made their debut in 2011 with the Flecktones.

Béla Fleck is considered by many the premiere banjo player in the world and Victor Wooten the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. They are also longtime musical compatriots as members of the Grammy-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. The rapport these two musical masters enjoy is a rare treat for audiences.

Béla Fleck was born on July 10,1958, and raised in New York City. Earl Scruggs’s banjo style hooked Fleck’s interest immediately while watching The Beverly Hillbillies as a young boy. He collaborated with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor in an acoustic super-group called Strength in Numbers. Their MCA release, The Telluride Session, is considered an evolutionary statement by the acoustic music community. He was also invited to record on albums by Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gatlin Brothers, and many others.

Since 1998, Fleck has garnered 30 Grammy Award nominations and has won 15 of them. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy Award history.

In 1988, for the PBS Lonesome Pine Specials, Fleck put several musical sounds together with his banjo, a string quartet, his Macintosh computer and an experimental, jazz-based combo comprised of Howard Levy, Victor Wooten, and Roy Wooten. This group would become Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The Flecktones have garnered a strong and faithful following among jazz and new acoustic fans. They have shared the stage with Sting, Bonnie Raitt and the Grateful Dead, among many others, and have made several appearances on The Tonight Show. Fleck also appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman. The Flecktones went on tour with Dave Matthews Band in 1996 and 1997. After nearly 30 years, the Flecktones are still performing together.

In recent years he’s found himself bouncing between various intriguing touring situations, such as duos with Chick Corea, Chris Thile and his wife Abigail Washburn, in a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, performing his concertos with symphonies, concerts with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, performances with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, in jazz collaboration with The Marcus Roberts Trio, rare solo concerts and doing bluegrass with his old friends.

Victor Lemonte Wooten started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five, and at age six, was on tour with his brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Wooten and his brothers had shared the stage with artists such as Stephanie Mills, War, Ramsey Lewis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Dexter Wansel, and The Temptations.

Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award winner, has won every major award given to a bass guitarist, including being voted three times the Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine’s readers poll; he is the only person to win it more than once. In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Wooten one of the top ten bassists of all time.

Along with recording Grammy Award-winning and Billboard-charting albums with the Flecktones, Wooten also spearheaded the formation of the super-group SMV with two of his childhood heroes, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. He continues to record and tour with the Flecktones, various other artists, and as a solo artist. He also currently leads six to eight camps at Wooten Woods each year. He is also the author of The Music Lesson-A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, a self-published novel about life and music.

Program to be announced from stage.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis,Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.

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