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National Symphony Orchestra DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents Regina Spektor & Caleb Teicher

Friday, November 2, 2018 9:00 PM

DECLASSIFIED: Fridays at 9 with the NSO National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds welcomes indie icon Regina Spektor and dynamic tap-dancer/choreographer Caleb Teicher for the next concert in his late-night DECLASSIFIED series! The evening, curated and hosted by Folds, will defy the traditional classical music presentation by offering great live music in a casual setting.

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NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds welcomes indie icon Regina Spektor and dynamic tap-dancer/choreographer Caleb Teicher for the next concert in his late-night DECLASSIFIED series! The evening, hosted by Folds, will defy the traditional classical music presentation by offering great live music in a casual setting.

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Pre and post concert activities:

8 p.m.:
Free Port City Brewing Company beer tasting on the Box Tier (age 21+)
Games and Hot Pink Photo Booth on the 1st Tier
Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble performs on Millennium Stage

Following the concert:
Hari-Karaoke on Millennium Stage
Games and Hot Pink Photo Booth on the 1st Tier

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A Message from Ben:

Hello DC!

I’m pleased to announce our November 2 DECLASSIFIED show will feature my good bud Regina Spektor. Regina was born in Moscow, where she began piano at a very young age. Leaving the Soviet Union at nine, she's carried a strong sense of Russian music, classical music, and discipline when her family immigrated to the Bronx. Her musical background and absolutely unique voice as an artist is why I’m so excited to have her on stage with the NSO—that, and she’s just a badass. She'll work with us to curate orchestral music that means so much to her, music that has informed her work and life.

Returning to DECLASSIFIED is the incredibly artful and musical tap dancer Caleb Teicher, who you may have seen in our June show performing with Jon Batiste. A moment on stage wasn’t enough—I needed to get him back and develop our art further. He’s one of the best drummers I’ve heard in years, and all he uses is his feet. We are working on an orchestral piece, a sort of conversation between his dance and the orchestra.

There’s no rock band on stage—the NSO is the band. We play by the orchestra’s rules, placing them in their natural environment, rather than using them to ornament. We create context that gives both the discerning veteran of the Concert Hall as well as the newcomer a musical human experience, drawing a thread between the old and new, never dumbing down a single note.

This series is especially good for those curious about classical music and, understandably, don’t know where to begin. You don’t have to dress up, just have a drink, sit back, and listen. It's classical music—DECLASSIFIED. I’ll see you soon in the Concert Hall!

Ben

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Enhance your experience by purchasing special drinks and snacks from our Intermission Bars, which can be taken into the Concert Hall. 

The evening includes pre- and post-concert events.

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