Alt-rock icon and North Carolina-native Ben Folds joins the North Carolina Symphony on stage at Meymandi Concert Hall for an electric crossover concert event, Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. Folds and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks put an epic twist on selections from his latest album, Way to Normal, as well as favorite songs from his 15-year career on the cutting edge of rock music.
Having earned a massive cult following for his peerless stage presence, acerbic wit, and versatile musicianship on multiple instruments, Folds is no stranger to a musical challenge. The bestselling singer-songwriter has performed with Tori Amos, “Weird Al” Yankovic, William Shatner and the Boston Pops. He pioneered a new music platform with the first live concert webcast in 2006 and launched a nationwide recording tour for the 2009 album Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella! His latest collaboration, with novelist Nick Hornby, will result in a studio album to be released later this year.
Folds was born in Winston-Salem and has frequently performed in the Triangle, including a 2008 one-off reunion concert with Ben Folds Five at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill. His appearance with the North Carolina Symphony marks his second collaboration with Sarah Hicks. The pair teamed up last year for a Halloween concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, for which Sarah Hicks serves as principal conductor of pops and presentations.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC, 27601.