Singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Folds performs his music live at Orchestra Hall on March 5
On Saturday, March 5, 2016 American singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds performs a program of his original songs onstage at Orchestra Hall. Folds has shared symphonic stages all over the globe—including concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2009 and 2011—and for one night he returns to Minneapolis to perform again with the Orchestra and Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall. A platinum-selling artist, he is celebrated for crafting sound that bridges the worlds of pop music, jazz and power rock.
The concert will be held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $45 to $99. Please contact Ticket Services at 612-371-5656 to inquire about available seats for this concert. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Ben Folds, piano and vocals
Ben Folds’ musical versatility, razor-sharp wit and energetic stage presence have earned him legions of devoted fans of all ages. He began his musical career as a drummer, then came to prominence in the 1990s as frontman and pianist of the rock trio Ben Folds Five, whose breakout hit song Brick sold more than two million copies worldwide. In recent years, he has undertaken experimental songwriting projects with authors such as Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman, and was a judge on NBC’s The Sing-Off from 2009 to 2013. His most recent album, So There, features eight new songs in collaboration with New York City-based chamber ensemble yMusic, as well as the debut of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which was recorded with the Nashville Symphony and co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet and Minnesota Orchestra. So There was released in September 2015 on New West Records. More: benfolds.com.
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the 2015-16 season she leads the Orchestra in performances with Rajaton, Pink Martini and Cirque de la Symphonie, among other artists, as well as Inside the Classics concerts, film music, Musical Feast and Scandinavian Christmas concerts. In 2011 she toured with British rock icon Sting, leading 31 concerts over two months in venues throughout Europe. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Ben Folds, vocals and piano
GLITCH Playful Sounds Exhibit: Explore a musical video game exhibit or watch a live podcast with Emily Reese from the podcast Level. This event will occur from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Orchestra Hall Lobby and Mezzanine and admission is free for all concert ticketholders.
For more information on this and other OH+ Events: minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations