DECLASSIFIED: In Motion featuring Ben Folds with the National Symphony Orchestra
Friday 12/04
DECLASSIFIED: In Motion featuring Ben Folds with the National Symphony Orchestra @ Kennedy Center Concert Hall
The charismatic front man of Ben Folds Five--an extraordinary pianist, "introspective songwriter" (Rolling Stone), and judge of NBC's The Sing-Off--joins the NSO for one night only to perform his dazzling new piano concerto in its entirety. In June 2014, he played excerpts of the work with the NSO for Wolf Trap audiences. Sarah Hicks, part of a "new wave of female conductors in their late 20s through early 40s" (The New York Times), also leads dance-themed music by American composers John Adams and Paul Creston, and new Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT DECLASSIFIED: FRIDAYS AT 9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The secret is out! Some of the NSO's Friday night programs are taking on a whole new vibe with a fresh mix of sound and vision plus exciting pre- and post-concert activities, all at a great price. For the 2015–2016 season, the NSO has "unlocked" some of its standard Friday programs and opened them up to fresh concepts in concert-going with DECLASSIFIED: Fridays at 9. Not your typical Concert Hall experience, these late evenings will include an eclectic mix of classic and modern sounds, special guest artists, dynamic multimedia, audience interaction, and pre- and/or post-performance activities. They'll begin at 9 p.m. (an hour later than usual) and last 60–75 minutes (shorter than a typical program), all at a great price for making memorable nights out with a date or a group of friends! If you heard about the NSO's concert at D.C.'s Echostage in January 2015, you'll know exactly what to expect at these new concerts: - Come as you are: straight from work, in jeans, or whatever suits your fancy. Be ready to move! - Arrive early and/or stay after the concert for added fun to be announced--each night will be a different experience. - Grab drinks or snacks anytime and bring them back into the Concert Hall. - Most importantly, open your mind to a music experience where anything can happen! Performance Timing: Approximately 85 minutes, with no intermission