Wolf Trap to Present Ben Folds, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Diana Ross
Wolf Trap announces upcoming summer performances:
In an inspired collaboration, alternative rock star Ben Folds will perform an original piano concerto with the melodic assistance of the National Symphony Orchestra. Folds is showcasing his opus as part of the Ben Folds Orchestra Experience, a national tour featuring renowned local orchestras that provide accompaniment to Folds's newest concerto, as well as pop hits. Best known as the lead singer of the trio Ben Folds Five, the prolific singer/songwriter has recently appeared as a judge on The Sing-Off-an a cappella competition show-in addition to releasing new work such as single "The Luckiest," featured in the 2013 movie About Time. The show will be conducted by The New York Pops music director Steven Reineke, whose "excitement and passion for the material is pleasantly infectious to orchestra and attendees alike," according to EDGE New York.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Wolf Trap Opera Soloists
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm
The Philadelphia Orchestra is partnering with Wolf Trap Opera Soloists to fill the Filene Center with the triumphant strains of "Ode to Joy" and bring Beethoven's most famous masterpiece to life. Bramwell Tovey, the esteemed Grammy Award-winning conductor of the Vancouver Orchestra, is conducting the concert, which also features the prizewinning Choral Arts Society of Washington. The evening's program includes Britten's Four Seas Interludes, Beethoven's Egmont Overture, and Beethoven's classic Symphony No. 9. When the latter's fourth movement calls for soloists, Wolf Trap's finest up-and-coming opera stars-including soprano Tracy Cox, mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez, tenor Robert Watson, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green-take the stage to complete a truly dazzling night of classical music.