Ben Folds To Make His Debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Published Monday, April 8, 2019 9:00 am

This morning, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announced that Ben Folds will be one of the Spotlight Events for its 2019-2020 season. Ben Folds will appear with the TSO on Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater.

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

“In our efforts to break down the barriers of what people perceive orchestral music to be, we’re intentionally programming artists who speak to a generation of people who don’t regularly engage with us,” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “He will bring a high energy rock performance to the grandeur of the Peristyle using the intimacy of just a piano with orchestra. This is a good thing for Toledo, and it will be something audience members will remember for a long time.”

Ben Folds joins violinist Itzhak Perlman as one of two Spotlight Event scheduled for the TSO’s 2019-2020 season. Subscribers to any of the TSO’s 2019-2020 concert series can purchase tickets to Spotlight Events, including Ben Folds, now through the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, by calling 419.246.8000, or by visiting Single tickets for Ben Folds, with prices starting at $29, go on sale to the general public on August 1.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase VIP packages that include premium seating with early venue entry, an invitation to the Ask Me Anything…About Music Master Class with Ben Folds, a signed copy of his new memoir, a commemorative ticket, and more. Complete details are available at

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at or visit


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Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-five professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

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