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Ben Folds Announces 2014 Australian Orchestral Tour

Seth Cohen's much-loved nerdy white guy returns — with orchestral buds.

By Meg Watson
June 26, 2014
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By Meg Watson
June 26, 2014
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Much-loved nerdy white guy and Seth Cohen-endorsed musician Ben Folds is bringing his upbeat brand of piano pop back to Australia at the end of this year. Though you might remember his music best from the battered walkman you rocked in the late '90s, rest assured that this talented US Adelaide enthusiast is still a force to be reckoned with. And nothing proves this more than the fact that his backing band will be the nation's best symphony orchestras.

From mid-November, Folds will be touring all of Australia's major cities (except Brisbane, oddly enough) performing with each state's respective orchestral talents. Taking both excerpts of his new Concerto for Piano and Orchestra as well as jazzed up versions of his old pop hits, this dynamic musician will be creating an exciting and unique show in some of the nation's best venues.

Of course, this is a tour Folds is familiar with. He's performed with some of the world's best orchestras over the past decade, and before he gets to our shores this year, he'll be taking the Ben Folds Orchestra Experience all around Europe. Hardcore fans might even remember that Australia was the site of his first orchestral work — this performance with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra was immortalised on film in 2005.

But you don't need to know all that to enjoy the show. Whether you have a long history with 'Brick' and the rest of his early work, or just really like that Triple J Like A Version he did of 'Such Great Heights' — this is a show not to be missed.

Ben Folds tour dates:

November 14 and 15 — Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

November 28 and 29 — Perth Concert Hall with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra

December 5 — Festival Theatre with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

December 10 — Wrest Point Entertainment Centre with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

December 19 and 20 — Arts Centre Melbourne with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Ticket prices range from $50-$129 and will be available through each orchestra's website from July 4 at 9am.

Published on June 26, 2014 by Meg Watson

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