The Ben Folds Giveaway
It has been a while since Ben Folds has performed in the ‘Burgh. Not since 2012 to be exact. But, on June 17 at 7:30PM, Folds’ current tour, The Ben Folds Orchestra Experience, is joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall, bringing his unique melodies and irony-strung lyrics from his greatest hits for only one Pittsburgh performance. Folds is generally celebrated for his compositional style and playing technique that combines many different genres. Alongside Fold’s pop hit arrangements, his new classical piano concerto will be included in this performance.
Born in North Carolina, Folds became interested in the piano at the young age of nine years old when his father brought one home as payment for a job. His interest in music spiraled upwards from there. Folds began collaborating with friends and fellow musicians Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge in 1994, and the trio shortly after became known as “Ben Folds Five.” The band released their first, self-titled album the next year, followed by 1997’s Whatever and Ever Amen, which included the hits “Brick” and “Battle of Who Could Care Less.” Although Folds is primarily known as a pianist, he is well versed on a variety of instruments, including the drums, guitar, and bass. Ben Folds Five released their first ever official live album, Ben Folds Five Live, on June 4th, 2013. Their album was recorded while the band was on tour in 2012-2013.
Ben Folds is involved with more than his own original music and “The Sing-Off” on NBC. He owns and operates a studio in Nashville, serves on the city’s symphony’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the Artist Committee for the Arts. Plus, he’s a huge advocate for music therapy and education–gotta love that!
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