Saturday, October 21
Kleinhans Music Hall, 8:00 pm
Five-time Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten joins the orchestra for a performance of The Bass Whisperer, which he penned with leading American composer Conni Ellisor. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus joins the BPO for Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.
Come at 7 PM to hear from the artists in “Musically Speaking,” sponsored by Uniland Development.
Stefan Sanders, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
CONNI ELLISOR and VICTOR WOOTEN The Bass Whisperer
Concerto for Electric Bass
PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky
BORODIN Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
About Victor Wooten
Five-time GRAMMY award-winning bass player, producer, composer, author, and educator Victor Wooten was named “one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. He has been voted “Bassist of the Year” three times by Bass Player magazine reader’s poll. In February 2017 Huffington Post named him one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers,” pictured just after President Barack Obama.
“Music is a great way – and a safe way – to teach just about any life principle,” Wooten insists. “To be in a band, you have to listen to each other. Bands are at their best when every instrument is different, not the same. Everyone takes turns talking. Everyone speaks their voice. A lot of times musicians might ask, ‘What would you like me to play?’ I say, “Listen to the music. The music will tell you exactly what it needs.”
The youngest of five boys, Wooten began playing music at 2 years old, and was playing gigs by the tender age of 5 with the family band, the Wooten Brothers, opening for Curtis Mayfield and War, among others. He first “wowed music heads” nationwide (Kansas City Star) in 1987, as a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.
Not only an accomplished musician, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and skilled naturalist, who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a 147-acre retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages. His novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth through Music, is now part of the curriculum at Stanford University, at The Berklee College of Music, where he is a performance scholar in residence, and at other prestigious institutions.