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  • Mar 14, 2014
    Ben Folds stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to chat with Lt Dan about the debut of his piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Folds' concerto consists of 3 movements and took 9 months to create. The concerto was originally written with the thought of being performed through Ballet. This May the Nashville Ballet and Ben Folds will perform the concerto together. Read more»
  • Mar 13, 2014
    Nashville-based rocker Ben Folds harbors no illusions about the originality of his new piano concerto. "I suspect that people who analyze piano concertos for a living will absolutely hate my new concerto," says Folds, who spoke with wry humor about his latest project during a recent interview at his spacious Music Row studio. "The piece is proudly and overtly derivative." And yet Folds believes he may have more in common with Beethoven and Brahms than many contemporary classical composers, who wield Ph.D.'s but mostly write what the critic Terry Teachout refers to as faculty-lounge music. " Read more»
  • Mar 12, 2014
    “It’s been brewing for a long time.” Ben Folds is talking about his first piano concerto. Before our breakfast conversation is over, we’ll have discussed photography, crickets and how much Lil Wayne has in common with Beethoven. But, for now, back to Ben and another meal—this time it was dinner with Paul Vasterling of the Nashville Ballet—that ended with a commissioned concerto. “It all made sense for me, and I just said ‘yeah,’” Folds says, because Nashville’s the sort of place where meetings like that, ideas like that and enthusiasm about art like that happens. Folds grew up playing in Read more»
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