Alt-rock icon and North Carolina-native Ben Folds joins the North Carolina Symphony next week for an electric crossover concert event. 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.
The concert takes place at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.
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, and his work with novelist Nick Hornby will result in a studio album to be released later this year.
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 Hicks serves as principal conductor of pops and presentations.
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. Folds last performed in the area at Duke University’s Last Day of Classes concert in 2009.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC, 27601. For more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750.