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Genre-bending trio set to perform at UGA Arts Center
Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain bring a unique blend of classical and bluegrass to Athens Friday night.

Musical maestros

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, 230 River Road, Athens

Tickets: $20-$42, discounts for UGA students and groups of 15 or more

More info: 706-542-4400, 888-289-8497

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present three genre-bending musicians — banjo player Béla Fleck, percussionist Zakir Hussain, and bass player Edgar Meyer — on Friday in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Fleck, Hussain and Meyer are widely regarded as the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments, moving with ease among the realms of classical, bluegrass and world music.

Fleck has been called the "premier banjo player in the world." In his 30-year career, he has won 13 Grammy Awards in country, pop, jazz, classical and composing-arranging." He recently won a Grammy as Best Contemporary World Music Album for "Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2."

Hussain is a classical tabla master whose honors include a 2008 Grammy in Best Contemporary World Music category for "Global Drum Project" with Mickey Hart, Giovanni Hidalgo and Sikiru Adepoju. In 2007, Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines named him Best World Music Drummer and Best World Beat Drummer, respectively.

Meyer has been hailed by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument." Also an accomplished composer, he performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony in the premiere of his own work, the "Meyer Double Concerto for Bass and Cello." His collaboration with Mark O'Connor and Yo-Yo Ma, "Appalachian Journey," won the 2000 Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album.

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