Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation.
He’s spent over a decade sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras–from Sydney, Australia to the Kennedy Center–performing his pop hits and his critically acclaimed concerto for piano and orchestra.
For five seasons he was a judge on the popular NBC series The Sing-Off, which catapulted the art of a cappella into the national spotlight and helped launch the careers of numerous a cappella groups.
Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rock albums and unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor to Weird Al Yankovic and William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works, in part recorded with the revered classical sextet yMusic that soared to number one on both the Billboard classical and classical-crossover charts.
This 2016 solo tour is reminiscent of Folds’ first solo tour in 2001, when he defied skeptics by delivering a high-energy rock performance intimately played on solo piano. In just one year, the tour expanded from 600-seat venues like the Bowery Ballroom to two sold out performances at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
In addition to his self-described love of performing and making music “for humans,” Folds is an avid photographer and a member of the distinguished Sony Artisans of Imagery. He is also an advocate for music education and music therapy as a member of Artist Committee of the Americans for the Arts, and he serves as a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Symphony.
What: Ben Folds and a Piano
Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
How much: $32-$55
Buy tickets: (360) 753-8586 | WashingtonCenter.org