St. Petersburg, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2015) – Ben Folds has announced that he will continue his extensive tour with Brooklyn-based chamber sextet yMusic in a series of spring dates, including a visit to The Mahaffey Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Debuting in at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical and Classical Crossover charts, the album So There showcases new pop songs by the multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer, along with the debut recording of Folds’ critically acclaimed “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra.”
NPR’s All Things Considered heralds the new album as “the most loveable piece of music I’ve ever heard from Ben Folds,” while The Guardian writes “for the new tracks with yMusic, the textures of the ensemble instruments – string trio, flute, clarinet, trumpet – are not ornamentally grafted on the music: they are the music.”
Folds first found international success as the leader of the Ben Folds Five. His subsequent solo career has seen the release of multiple studio albums, a pair documenting his renowned live performances, a remix collection, music for film and TV, an all a capella record, as well as numerous collaborations with artists spanning Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.
Folds has earned universal respect and praise for his insight as judge on five highly rated seasons of NBC’s a capella competition series The Sing-Off. In addition, he has made cameo appearances in a variety of film and TV projects, including a role on NBC’s Community.
Tickets, $35.50, $45.50 and $55.50, go on sale to the public Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Tickets are available online at themahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.
The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.