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National Symphony Orchestra DECLASSIFIED®: Ben Folds Presents

Friday, February 7, 2020 9:00 PM

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents National Symphony Orchestra

Ben Folds, Artistic Advisor to the NSO, hosts and headlines a special DECLASSIFIED® concert featuring the world's premier pipa virtuoso Wu Man and “pop polymath” (The New York Times) composer/musician Jherek Bischoff, conducted by Ankush Kumar Bahl. Ben’s laid-back, late-night concert series defies the traditional symphony experience with exciting guest artists, pre/post-shows and parties, drink specials, and more—it's classical music, DECLASSIFIED.


$25.00 - $85.00

Run Time

Approx. 1-1/2 hours


Doors at 8 p.m.

Ben Folds, vocal/piano
Wu Man, pipa
Jherek Bischoff, bass, guitar, composer 
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor

Artistic Advisor to the NSO Ben Folds is back, headlining a special DECLASSIFIED® event featuring original music never before performed with an orchestra. These laid-back, late-night concerts, curated and hosted by Folds, defy the traditional classical music presentation by offering great live music in a casual setting with exciting guest artists. 

“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

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!


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