Ben Folds



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About the performance

International music sensation Ben Folds returns to Melbourne to perform live with the MSO.

Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our time; a renowned pop artist as well as a critically-acclaimed classical music composer, and best selling author. For more than a decade he has travelled the globe performing with orchestras,

“I grew up playing in orchestras, so being on stage with one feels like home to me,” Folds said. “When I take to the stage I don’t demoralize the orchestra by bringing along a loud rock band and grafting high volume. In these concerts, the orchestra IS my band. When I perform with an orchestra, I tell audiences that I’m expressing myself through a different form than what they have come to expect in a rock show, a form that happens to be done by people who are among the best musicians on the planet and who do it all the time.”

Over the years, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 in the US on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

Audiences of all ages are welcome.

MCEC VenueSafe Plan & Conditions of Entry

The MCEC VenueSafe Plan has been developed in line with government advice and restrictions, and highlights key practices to mitigate the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in our day-to-day operations. The standards and guidelines outlined in the plan demonstrate MCEC’s commitment to providing a safe and secure environment.
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  • MCEC is closed to all general public, audience members will need to show proof of purchase in order to gain entry into MCEC.
  • Audience members will be requested to undergo thermal imaging and hand sanitisation upon entry to the venue. Anyone displaying mild symptoms, including high temperature, will be monitored and accessed prior to gaining entry to the venue.
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The authorised ticket seller for these performance is Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. MSO strongly recommends you refrain from purchasing tickets via third party ticket sellers. These tickets are not governed by our terms and conditions, and you may be refused entry on the day of the concert. There are no print at home tickets available to these performances. Click here to see Live Performance Australia’s Safe Tix guide.

The venue for this performance is the Plenary, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. Download MCEC Plenary seat map here.

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