ASHEVILLE AMADEUS 2023
Béla Fleck & Americana
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023, 8:00 P.M.
THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM
Darko Butorac, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo
American music is ever-evolving, refusing to be constrained by tradition or expectation. Our soloist and Asheville Amadeus Festival headliner, Béla Fleck, brings that same approach to the banjo by rediscovering and redefining the instrument. Doubling as our season closer and Asheville Amadeus Festival finale, this program challenges and explores the many shades of Americana.
Bach Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2
Fleck The Imposter Concerto
Ellington & Tizol Caravan
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
ASHEVILLE AMADEUS FESTIVAL
Welcome to the new Asheville Amadeus Festival!
Building upon the success of our rock-themed Festival in 2019, the 2023 Festival moves in another exciting new direction, this year celebrating all things Americana with theater, art, music, culinary arts, and more. Featuring banjo superstar Béla Fleck as our Festival Headliner, Kishi Bashi as our Festival Opener, and 25+ partner organizations offering 40+ events throughout this extraordinary ten-day Festival, this is the most ambitious Amadeus in Asheville Symphony history!
There are endless ways to get involved in this year’s Festival, including attending the myriad of free or ticketed events, buying exclusive Amadeus merch, and drinking our exclusive collaborative beer. Click on the link below to learn more about this year’s Festival.
Olivia & Gary Zahler
GUEST ARTIST SPONSOR
MEET THE SOLOIST
Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.