published Friday, May 4th, 2012

Banjo maestro Bela Fleck puts in impromptu appearance at Chattanooga Folk School

Bela Fleck plays to a small group at the Folk School on Friday, May 4, 2012. Fleck made an appearance at the school ahead of his second and final concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
Bela Fleck plays to a small group at the Folk School on Friday, May 4, 2012. Fleck made an appearance at the school ahead of his second and final concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

This afternoon, banjo maestro Bela Fleck surprised a few dozen guests to the Folk School of Chattanooga with an impromptu appearance to perform and answer questions.

Fleck is a Grammy Award-winning musician and front man of the progressive jazz super group Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. He will make the second of two appearances as a special guest of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera tonight at 8 to perform his Banjo Concerto.

Before taking the stage, Fleck said Chattanooga was lucky to have an institution like the Folk School.

“This is great. I wish they were doing this in every town,” he told Folk School co-founder and musician Christie Burns before taking the stage for an hour-long discussion of his background and a demonstration of various techniques.

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, young adults, technology and people of interest. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German. He previously worked as the features editor for Sidelines at Middle Tennessee State University. Casey received the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Award of Excellence for Reviewing/Criticism in ...

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