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  • Mar 17, 2014
    The morning after premiering his first-ever piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony, Ben Folds was back at Schermerhorn Symphony Center to perform for a very special audience - filled with Nashville-area high schoolers. The piano-rocker’s performance was part of the Nashville Symphony’s Young People’s Concert series, offered free to all to public, private and home school students. It was an ideally open crowd for Folds’ new concerto - a 20-minute piece filled with sonic twists and surreal surprises. It includes a definite first for the Symphony: halfway through the piece, the musicians Read more»
  • 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»
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