Ben Folds is teaming up with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two special performances
08.01.2021

Ben Folds is teaming up with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two special performances

Ben Folds

Ben Folds will take to the stage alongside the MSO across two nights in January and February.

Beloved musician and master of many genres, Ben Folds, is set to join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for two special performances on Sunday January 31 and Monday February 1 at Melbourne’s Plenary.

The performances were originally scheduled for March 2020, but were postponed as a result of the pandemic.

Although he is renowned for his pop music, Folds has made his affinity for classical music known across his career. A critically-acclaimed composer of classical music, Folds’ most recent album saw him meld pop songs and his ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’, paying homage to classical masterpieces while appealing to fans of contemporary music.

Across the past decade, Folds has collaborated and performed alongside some of the greatest orchestras in the world.

“I grew up playing in orchestras, so being on stage with one feels like home to me,” said Folds. “When I take to the stage I don’t demoralize the orchestra by bringing along a loud rock band and grafting high volume. In these concerts, the orchestra IS my band.

“When I perform with an orchestra, I tell audiences that I’m expressing myself through a different form than what they have come to expect in a rock show, a form that happens to be done by people who are among the best musicians on the planet and who do it all the time,” he added.

A treat for fans of classical and contemporary music alike, this cinematic listening experience is certain to delight and inspire.

Catch Ben Folds performing alongside the MSO at the Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday January 31 and Monday February 1. For tickets and more information, visit the MSO website

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