“Orchestras do rock,” Ben Folds said toward the end of his performance with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Hall on Saturday night. But by that time, he’d already spent the better part of two hours proving that.
... The centerpiece of the concert’s first half was Folds’ newly written piano concerto. ... Folds performed its first movement, which he said is designed to “kick ass” before giving way to a more sedate second movement and then going out with a bang during the third. More than anything, he seems determined not to reinvent the wheel in terms of composition. The piece draws on Folds’ pop sensibilities while also offering an opportunity to show off his digital dexterity: clearly, he’s been practicing. And it was well-received, suggesting the evening’s purpose of putting forth a pop/rock/classical synthesis was a success even before intermission.
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