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Heinz Hall

June 17
7:30 p.m.

Catchy melodies, spunky lyrics and classical piano will converge at Heinz Hall for The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience. After playing to sold-out crowds with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and 2012, Folds returns to the Burgh for a unique one-night-only musical happening.

Blending the star’s hit pop arrangements along with his new classical piano concerto, the concert will showcase Folds’ prolific compositional style and playing technique that uniquely combine elements of singer-songwriter traditions, as well as jazz, power pop and rock. A singular and influential voice in the world of contemporary popular music, Folds has released three solo albums on Sony and Epic. The multi-platinum selling artist was frontman and pianist for the critically acclaimed Chapel Hill-based band, Ben Folds Five, from 1995 to 2000.

Born in Winston-Salem, NC, in 1996, Folds has played sold-out symphonic shows at the Kennedy Center, Boston Pops and Sydney Opera House. He has also collaborated with diverse musicians such as William Shatner, Regina Spektor and “Weird Al” Yankovic, has undertaken experimental songwriting projects with authors Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman, has contributed music to the soundtracks of the animated films Over the Hedge and Hoodwinked! and has produced Amanda Palmer’s first solo album. A critically acclaimed celebrity judge on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Folds also serves on the Board of the Nashville Symphony and owns the legendary RCA Studio A.

Grab your tickets now because the concert is expected to sell out.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...