The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. has announced the appointment of composer and musician BEN FOLDS to the newly created position of artistic advisor, a post he will retain through the 2019–20 season. Folds will perform, collaborate, and consult with the NSO across its offerings, and will curate NSO concerts and presentations that bring together musicians from varied musical styles to collaborate with the NSO. On June 2 and 3, he joins Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large soprano Renée Fleming in the Kennedy Center’s and National Institutes of Health’s Sound Health concert and events. He has also curated and will host and perform with the NSO on June 30 in the season’s final DECLASSIFIED performance, which features guitarist/singer Blake Mills and Cuban R&B/Hip Hop artist Danay Suárez. In the coming seasons, Folds will help curate the NSO’s DECLASSIFIED events, which will feature a continuation of DECLASSIFIED concerts that offer shorter performances of classical repertoire, and the new DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents concerts, at which artists from multiple genres will work with the orchestra.
Posted May 12, 2017