Sarah Hicks conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in two performances with singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Folds
On January 19 and 20, genre-bending singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds performs a program of his original songs at Orchestra Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Sarah Hicks. Folds has shared symphonic stages all over the globe, including with the Minnesota Orchestra several times, most recently in February 2016. A platinum-selling artist, currently serving as the first-ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, he is celebrated for crafting a sound that bridges the worlds of pop music, jazz and power rock.
The performance is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, January 19, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 20, at 8 p.m. with most ticket prices ranging from $45 to $95. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists ranging from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor to William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that reached No. 1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For more than a decade, he has performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras. Folds also recently returned to cross-country solo touring, delivering a high-energy rock performance using the intimacy of just a piano. He is an outspoken advocate for music education and music therapy as a member of the Americans for the Arts and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony. 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 2017-18 season, she conducts Orchestra performances with Pink Martini, Cloud Cult and Cirque de la Symphonie, the Inside the Classics series. In December she leads a brand-new “Home for the Holidays” program conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein and written by Kevin Kling. She has also recently conducted several film music concerts including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ and La La Land. She debuts this season with the Calgary Symphony and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She has recently conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuted with the major orchestras in Melbourne, Brisbane, Montreal, Toronto and Lisbon. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Ben Folds, piano and vocals
Tickets: $45 to $95
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Individual tickets and subscription packages 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 (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible 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 2017-18 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
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator