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Ben Folds

Video and Audio

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    Ben Folds: Photographer, Musician, Storyteller | A Digital Stage Original

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    Breakthroughs with Music Therapy — Sound Health: Music and the Mind

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    Ben Folds Presents: "Once Upon Another Time" by Sara Bareilles | DECLASSIFIED

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    Ben Folds Composes a Song LIVE for Orchestra In Only 10 Minutes

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    Dear Theodosia - Regina Spektor & Ben Folds with the NSO | LIVE at The Kennedy Center

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    Ben Folds Presents: "Can't Let Go, Juno" by Kishi Bashi | DECLASSIFIED

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    Ben Folds Presents: "Nocturne" by Jon Batiste, featuring dancer Caleb Teicher



Biography

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.
For over a decade he’s shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, performing his pop hits and critically acclaimed concerto for Piano and Orchestra.
Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.
Recently named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra, Folds continues to perform with symphonies and also recently returned to cross country solo touring reminiscent of his earliest years, delivering a high energy rock performance using the intimacy of just a piano.
An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery, and recently completed an assignment as a photo editor for National Geographic. And he’s an outspoken advocate for music education and music therapy as a member of Americans For The Arts, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony.

Upcoming Events

  • NSO Family Concert: <em>Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs </em>(a Symphonic Spectacular) NSO Family Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (a Symphonic Spectacular)

    Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of a hilarious fractured, symphonic take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as retold by Mo Willems. Don't miss this new classic performed by favorite performers and the NSO, featuring original music composed by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds. Ages 5+

Ben Folds

Compositions

  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2014)