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Ben Folds performs with N.C. Symphony

Posted March 25, 2010
Updated March 26, 2010

— Alternative-rock favorite Ben Folds performed with the North Carolina Symphony Thursday night, marking his second collaboration with the orchestra's associate conductor.

Folds and associate conductor Sarah Hicks collaborated on songs from his latest album, "Way to Normal," at a sold-out performance on Thursday night in Raleigh. They also performed other songs from Folds' 15-year-career.

Ben Folds performs with the N.C. Symphony Ben Folds performs with the N.C. Symphony

He and Hicks worked together last year when they teamed up with the Minnesota Orchestra, where Hicks is principal conductor of pops and presentations.

Folds is a native of Winston-Salem. He was a founding member of the trio, Ben Folds Five.

"I do love coming back and playing," Folds told WRAL News on Thursday.

Ben Folds talks about future, new album Ben Folds talks about future, new album

Last year, Folds released an album of college a cappella groups performing his songs. It includes a track by the Loreleis at the University of North Carolina.

“I love doing the a cappella thing,” he said. “I think it ought to be emphasized more by the universities.”

Folds also served as a judge on last year's NBC reality show "The Sing Off," where a cappella groups competed for $100,000 and a recording contract.

The singer-songwriter said he is in negotiations to judge the show again this year.

In addition to his television work, Folds has also completed a new album. For this project, he collaborated on lyrics with author Nick Hornby, known for his books “High Fidelity and “About a Boy." Folds said the collaboration gave him more time to focus on the music.

“It’s the best-sounding album I’ve made, in my opinion. It just sounds and feels right,” he said.


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  • nothankyou Mar 26, 2010

    It was an AWESOME show! Sorry for the folks who missed it!

  • jenforthewin Mar 26, 2010

    Old timers have heard of Ben Folds. He's been around quite a while, and is still going strong. Wish I had known he was coming.

  • brwnigrl Mar 26, 2010

    My husband is a big Ben Folds fan. I agree, his music is sometimes odd, but last night he ROCKED it with the symphony! It was the best musical collaboration I have ever seen. It was truly amazing.

  • christinathefern Mar 25, 2010

    Yeah, I would have tried to go if I would have known about it too..I'm sure this will be an awesome show!

  • tarheel4life Mar 25, 2010

    i know right

  • flapy Mar 25, 2010

    You don't know who Ben Folds is? you must be an old timer...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Mar 25, 2010

    Since there's only 6 posts, I don't feel so odd that I've NEVER heard of this guy before.

  • working for deadbeats Mar 25, 2010

    Weren't they popular in the early 90's?

  • Moriahe Mar 25, 2010

    Ben always puts on a great show, and I'm sure tonight's will be no exception.

  • commonsensical Mar 25, 2010

    His music is... odd.