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Béla Fleck Named Nashville Symphony’s 2016 Harmony Award Winner

Renowned banjoist Béla Fleck of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) will receive the 2016 Harmony Award presented each year by the Nashville Symphony to an individual who best exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community. The award ceremony will take place December 10, at the annual Symphony Ball.

Event co-chair Melissa Mahanes says, “Throughout his illustrious career, Béla Fleck has brilliantly bridged the gap between a wide array of musical genres and styles, and established himself as a pioneering instrumentalist and songwriter.”

In his 40-year career Fleck has earned 16 Grammy Awards and has been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other instrumentalist. This year he won for best folk album, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, which he recorded with his wife. The Nashville Symphony commissioned his first stand-alone banjo concerto, The Imposter.