Spokane Symphony announces Ben Folds
Jul 23, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Annie Matlow 464-7071
The Spokane Symphony is delighted to announce that celebrated pop artist Ben Folds will perform with the orchestra Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, 7:30 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. While Symphony on the Edge is on hiatus, this thrilling performance will continue in the edgy vein of the Symphony’s commitment to new and exciting programming.
Folds brings an exciting blend of musical styles to his eclectic live engagements.Widely known for his prowess as a pianist, Ben Folds began his career as a drummer, while also adept at guitar and bass, Folds is best known as a solo artist and as the frontman and pianist of Ben Folds Five. Celebrated for a unique compositional style and playing technique, Folds’ music is evocative of artists such as Joe Jackson and Sir Elton John, with an added edge and bold infusion of energy and wit.
Where most alternative bands of the '90s specialized in distorted teen-angst rock, the guitarless trio Ben Folds Five was a refreshing break from the norm. The group’s sound was more akin to power popsters, but like punk bands, Ben Folds Five put on a high energy, blistering live show, turning the band into a must-see live act. The band was signed to an independent record label, resulting in their self-titled debut one year later. Quite a buzz was stirring for the band by the time of their second album issued on Epic Records. Released in 1997, Whatever and Ever Amen was pure pop perfection, and included the ballad "Brick" that broke the band commercially.
2008 saw the release of Ben’s next solo studio album Way to Normal featuring the hit duet with Regina Spektor “You Don’t Know Me.” On April 28, 2009 Ben will release a collection of his songs sung a cappella. This record, Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella! featuresthirteen university a cappella groups from across the
Consistently touring, Folds has earned a reputation for his wit, musicality and charismatic, energetic live shows and for being a leader in youth-oriented worlds of developing technologies and trends. In 2006, Folds became the first artist to do a live performance webcast on Myspace.com, now available as a
Fold's performance with the Spokane Symphony will take place at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $37 and $42. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased from the