Ben Folds and the Music of Queen to Play with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 10 for June 17 and 24 concerts

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced two exciting June concerts today—Ben Folds returns to the Heinz Hall stage on June 17, his third appearance with the symphony, and The Music of Queen rocks the house on June 24. Tickets to both shows go on sale to the public on Monday, Feb. 10.

Ben FoldsFolds, who will feature his new classical piano concerto as well as a litany of his pop hit arrangements, is a multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter who was the front man of Ben Folds Five before going on to have a successful solo career. A critically acclaimed celebrity judge on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Folds has earned his reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of the popular music. In addition to numerous albums with Ben Folds Five, in recent years he’s recorded four studio albums, as well as a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances and a remix record. Folds, who serves on the Board of the Nashville Symphony and who owns the famous RCA Studio A in Nashville where legendary music from all genres, including Grammy award-winning symphony albums, have been recorded, also has a special relationship with symphony musicians, having performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras. He’s done record-breaking sold-out Australian symphonic tours; has repeatedly sold-out nights both at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra and at the Boston Pops with conductor Keith Lockhart; and has done several full-house residencies at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He played with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2010 and 2012 to sold-out crowds. Folds will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17. Tickets start at $30.

The Music of QueenBridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium to present Windborne’s newest show, The Music of Queen, a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Queen’s exceptional tunes. Performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Queen’s distinct sound while presenting some familiar and lots of new musical colors. Delivering a fabulous rendition of Freddie Mercury’s vocals is Las Vegas star Brody Dolyniuk, who was last seen at Heinz Hall last summer in “The Music of Led Zeppelin.” “The Music of Queen” takes the stage on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Tickets to both concerts can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed, platinum selling Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to have a very successful solo career, recording multiple studio albums, a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances, a remix record, music for film and TV, as well as numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner. In 2012, Folds reunited with the Ben Folds Five and released a new album “The Sound of the Life of the Mind.” The band toured the world in early 2013, and released their first LIVE album “Ben Folds Five LIVE” in the summer of 2013. Folds has also achieved critical acclaim for his insight as a judge on NBC’s a cappella competition “The Sing-Off,” which returned to the air in 2013. A Nashville resident, he owns and operates the historic RCA Studio A, where legends of all genres of music — from Elvis Presley to the Monkees, Eddy Arnold to Dolly Parton,Tony Bennett to the Beach Boys — have recorded. Folds, who serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony, has composed a piano concerto that he will perform throughout in 2014 as a part of a global symphonic tour. He has also enjoyed a special relationship with symphony musicians, having performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras. A member of the distinguished Artist Committee for Americans for The Arts, Folds is also an outspoken advocate for music therapy and music education.

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and The Family Channel, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. He worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 fans. Havens most recent film work includes the score for the film “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for four symphonic rock programs – the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd and the Music of the Eagles and now the Music of Queen.

Guest vocalist Brody Dolyniuk remembers mimicking voices even as a child, listening to old records and tapes. He is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV and movies. His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas’ most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Brody has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects. In 2007, Dolyniuk lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,” and has already done several more for the new Konami game “Rock Revolution.” As a devout classic rock/Queen fan, Dolyniuk’s enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen show.

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