Ben Folds returns to WASO in March 2020, as part of a nationwide concert tour performing his hits LIVE with symphony musicians.
In eight performances across Australia, the acclaimed artist will perform his best known works in collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (6-7 March), the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (11-12 March), West Australian Symphony Orchestra (16-17 March), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (19 March) and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (22 March).
Known for his musical versatility across the pop and classical genres, Folds has travelled the globe performing with some of the world’s best orchestras for over a decade. “I grew up playing in orchestras, so being on stage with one feels like home to me,” Folds said.
“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.”
Over the years, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-crossing music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, numerous collaborations, and an album that feature his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra which soared to number one in the United States on both the Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts.
The multi-platinum selling artist first joined with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, fifteen years ago in a performance which included a live improvisation on stage with the full orchestra.
Folds, who currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, recently released his first book, a critically-acclaimed memoir entitled “A Dream About Lightning Bugs” which debuted in its first week as a New York Times Best Seller. It’s a collection of interrelated essays, anecdotes and what Folds calls “cheap lessons” about art, life, and music.
Tickets from $30 at http://waso.com.au or 9326 0000