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Bela Fleck with Brooklyn Rider@Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater / Minnesota Daily

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The banjo is oft more associated with straw hats than the world of classical music. Béla Fleck's life's work is to change this. "I would describe it as a high-tech, primitive sound," the banjoist said. "For me, playing this instrument and caring about it so much is a way of trying to make it more legitimate." Fleck's career spans over 30 years, and he's collaborated with an impressive number of artists, covering an equally large number of genres. From African ensembles to full orchestras to bluegrass groups, Fleck plucks his signature style all over the map. On Thursday, he'll bring that eclectic sound to the Twin Cities suburb of Apple Valley for a show at the Minnesota Zoo with Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet.   READ THE FULL Minnesota Daily PIECE