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

SCHEDULE

5:15 PM-6:00 PM: Check-in (Carriage Door Entrance)
6:00 PM:
Master Class
7:00 PM:
Meet & Greet
7:30 PM:
Doors Open to the Public

All timing is approximate and subject to change.

  • 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

SCHEDULE

5:15 PM-6:00 PM: Check-in (Carriage Door Entrance)
6:00 PM:
Master Class
7:00 PM:
Crowd-free Merchandise Shopping
7:30 PM:
Doors Open to the Public

  • 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.

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.

He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.
For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

In addition to solo rock and orchestral touring, Folds has recently written a critically-acclaimed memoir “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller, and is described as a collection of interrelated essays, anecdotes and lessons about art, life, and music.

He is also no stranger to television, having been featured for five seasons as a judge on NBC's critically-acclaimed a capella show "The Sing Off." He continues to appear in cameo roles on cable and network TV shows, and composes for film and TV.

An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the prestigious Sony Artisans of Imagery, has worked as an assignment photo editor for National Geographic, and was featured in a mini-documentary by the Kennedy Center's Digital Project on his photographic work.

An outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation's public schools, in 2016 Ben held the distinction as the only artist to appear at both national political conventions advocating for arts education, has served for over five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts (AFTA), and serves on the Board of AFTA’s Arts Action Fund. He is also Chairman of the Arts Action Fund’s ArtsVote2020 national initiative to advocate for a greater commitment to the nation’s creative economy through improved public policies for the arts and arts education, and hosts a podcast series of interviews on arts policies with current 2020 presidential candidates.

 

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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