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National Symphony Orchestra DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents

Friday, December 6, 2019 9:00 PM

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents National Symphony Orchestra

As part of his popular DECLASSIFIED series, Artistic Advisor to the NSO Ben Folds welcomes three special guests: country music artist Jamey Johnson; pop-soul singer Emily King; and folk, blues, and Latin fusion songstress Gaby Moreno. These late-night concerts, curated and hosted by Folds, defy the traditional symphony experience by offering great live music—both classical and contemporary—in a casual setting.

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Stephen Mulligan, conductor

As part of his popular DECLASSIFIED series, Artistic Advisor to the NSO Ben Folds welcomes three special guests: country music artist Jamey Johnson; pop-soul singer Emily King; and folk, blues, and Latin fusion songstress Gaby Moreno. These late-night concerts, curated and hosted by Folds, defy the traditional symphony experience by offering great live music—both classical and contemporary—in a casual setting.

“Come grab a drink and see some damn good music. It’s like coming over to my house, having a beer or a scotch, and dropping the needle on some awesome records. 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.”—Ben


Free Pre-show with Elena & Los Fulanos
Before the concert, enjoy a free beer tasting with Port City, grab a cocktail, and post photos from our photo booth!

Program:
Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Frank: Mestizo Waltz
Gaby Moreno (arr. Patrick Warren):
       'Til Waking LightIllusionCucurrucucu Paloma
Debussy/Gould: Reverie
Emily King (arr. Rob Moose, Jherek Bischoff):
      Distance for Her, Off CenterRadio
Copland: Symphony No. 3, 2nd Movement
Jamey Johnson (arr. Gabe Witcher):
       In ColorEven the Skies Are BlueLead Me Home
Finale

Free Post Show with The HariKaraoke Band:
Sing your favorite karaoke hits, post photos from our photo booth, and enjoy one of our signature cocktails.


This program is part of the NSO's DECLASSIFIED series—late-night Friday programs featuring boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks purchased at our refreshment bars into the Concert Hall!

Watch and Listen

Ben Folds Invites You to DECLASSIFIED, Dec. 6