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Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer
It's been more than a decade since banjoist Béla Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain and double bassist Edgar Meyer collaborated to record "Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio." Fortunately,
the three elite instrumentalists still enjoy performing together. They'll meld world, bluegrass and classical music during a concert at Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall. National Public Radio writer Felix Contreras was captivated by the trio's performance during a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR's offices in 2010. "All three now are at a place where music truly becomes so intuitive that a simple rehearsal … is an exercise in wordless communication," Contreras wrote. The trio will be joined by Rakesh Chaurasia, a bansuri bamboo flutist.
If you pay attention to Broadway, you may be familiar with folk musician Anaïs Mitchell's work. The Vermont singer-songwriter wrote the music and lyrics for "Hadestown" and won a 2019 Tony Award for best original score for the hit musical that won eight Tonys total, including best musical. The 2016 musical, based on Mitchell's 2010 folk opera concept album of the same name, reimagines the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a Great Depression-influenced, post-apocalyptic world. Mitchell, an acoustic guitarist who coordinated a solo concert tour, will perform at the Stoughton Opera House. She'll likely play songs from the original "Hadestown" concept album, which featured Ani DiFranco and Wisconsin native Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Dane Arts Buy Local Market
Savvy collectors know the Dane Arts Buy Local Market is the place to find outstanding pieces and meet the artists. The number of spots in the fifth annual juried show has decreased from 28 to 23 in order to give artists more booth space to showcase their wares. The market will be returning to Fitchburg's Yahara Bay Distillers. Mark Fraire, director of cultural affairs for Dane Arts, oversees the event and says the organization continually finds ways to help artists grow their businesses with development workshops while offering them opportunities to connect with business leaders and potential buyers. "We're promoting a ‘pledge to purchase' effort to businesses so artists know businesses have committed to buy art," Fraire says.
Wisconsin Book Festival
An Olympic figure skater and a National Book Award finalist are included on a list of compelling authors to appear at the 18th annual Wisconsin Book Festival. Adam Rippon, who earned a bronze medal in the team competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics, will discuss his memoir "Beautiful on the Outside." Téa Obreht was a 2011 National Book Award finalist for "The Tiger's Wife," and her second novel is titled "Inland." Festival director Conor Moran is pleased with the growth and excitement generated by the fest, which drew 14,000 people to 108 events over the course of 2018. "If we offer great content, Madison shows up," Moran says. "One of the festival's major strengths is that our audience supports free cultural events with their attendance, their book purchases and their enthusiasm."
Chef Samin Nosrat has earned critical literary and broadcast acclaim in a short amount of time. Author of the 2017 cookbook "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking," Nosrat starred in the Netflix program of the same name in 2018 and won a James Beard Award for the book. She began her culinary career as a busser and worked her way to cooking for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. She's since traveled the world analyzing food and its essential elements. Now a New York Times food columnist, Nosrat will take part in a moderated discussion, audience Q&A and book signing at Overture Center's Overture Hall this month.
Tamira Madsen is a Fitchburg-based writer.