Thursday, August 14, 2008

Get Classy

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 9:10 AM

You may have heard that Ben Folds will be playing at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony as his back-up band. That's Sept. 7, and tickets are $40-$110. Not that I think it's not a worthwhile event, but the use of quotes in the description is a bit unfortunate:

Nashville's own Ben Folds is widely acclaimed for his musical virtuosity as pianist, composer, songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. This season, Folds brings his quirky, yet thoughtful, brand of music with Elton John-like piano accompaniment as he "rocks" Schermerhorn Symphony Center for this opening gala event.

Early word is that Folds' chauffeur and butler will not be performing.

At any rate, after having lunch with some Symphony people the other day, I've been thinking about what kinds of collaborations might be of interest to people who like to "rock" but also appreciate the rigor and complexity of classical music. Jack Silverman brought up ALIAS, and we were talking about how cool it would be if they got out and played a show at The End or something, and collaborated with, I don't know, Leslie Keffer, Hands Off Cuba or any number of experimental-minded local rock acts.

My question to you, Cream readers, is twofold (so to speak): First, what kind of program would get you to go (or has gotten you to go) to the Schermerhorn? Second, what kind of classical/experimental collaboration would you want to see at a rock club?

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