Ben Folds

Spotlight Event

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

February 22, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Steven Reineke, conductor

Widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation, rock sensation Ben Folds joins the Toledo Symphony for an evening of genre-bending music, performing hit songs like The LuckiestCapable of Anything and Landed. Named the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the multi-platinum selling artist, who was a judge for five seasons on NBC’s critically-acclaimed a capella show The Sing Off, has recorded numerous solo and collaboration records, including music for film and TV and a classical piano concerto that topped the Billboard charts.

VIP Package 1: A Ben Folds Meet & Greet Experience

  • One premium reserved seat in the first (5) rows with early venue entry to see Ben Folds live
  • Meet & greet/photo opportunity with Ben Folds
  • One autographed copy of Ben's memoir, A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS, which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller
  • Invitation to the AMAA (Ask Me Anything….About Music) Master Class with Ben Folds*
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • On-site concert host

*No piano experience will be necessary to enjoy the Master Class

VIP Package 2: AMAAM (Ask Me Anything...About Music): A Ben Folds Master Class

  • One premium reserved seat in the first (15) rows with early venue entry to see Ben Folds live
  • One autographed copy of Ben's memoir, A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS, which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller
  • Invitation to the AMAA (Ask Me Anything….About Music) Master Class with Ben Folds*
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping
  • On-site concert host

*No piano experience will be necessary to enjoy the Master Class
Please note, this package does not include a Meet & Greet with Ben.

Steven Reineke has established himself as one of North America’s leading conductors of popular music. This season Mr. Reineke celebrates his tenth anniversary as Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he is Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and his extensive North American conducting appearances include Atlanta, Cincinnati, Edmonton, San Francisco and Sarasota.

On stage, Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds of hip hop, R & B, Broadway, television and rock including Maxwell, Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Cynthia Erivo, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton and Ben Folds, among others. In 2017, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” featured Reineke leading the National Symphony Orchestra performing live music excerpts between news segments — a first in the show’s 45-year history.  In 2018 Reineke led the National Symphony Orchestra with hip hop legend Nas performing his seminal album "Illmatic" on PBS's Great Performances.

As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan’s Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.

Check out this video of Ben Folds composing a song LIVE in only 10 minutes!

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