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Ben Folds Joins SD Symphony Lineup

The San Diego Symphony has announced its upcoming 2015-16 season lineup



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    Ben Folds joins the San Diego Symphony's 2015-16 season for two shows in February.

    The San Diego Symphony has announced its 2015-16 season schedule and quite simply put: it's music to our ears.

    Music director Jahja Ling has assembled a lineup that rivals seasons past, with the conductor -- in his 12th season -- set to lead the orchestra on 23 various works by Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and Gershwin (among others), with nearly a third of them being performed for the first time ever with the San Diego Symphony.

    Nine guest conductors will step in throughout the season on various works as well, which will assist the Symphony in its search for a new music director. Ling recently announced he will be stepping down after the end of the 2016-17 season.

    "I am extraordinarily proud of the orchestra and all that we have accomplished throughout the years," Ling stated in the Symphony's recent press release. "This coming season, we have the opportunity to take the audience on a wonderful journey with a brilliant collection of works several of which we have not performed together before including 'Te Deum,' one of the great masterpieces by Berlioz. The orchestra’s range of musical expression continues to grow and reach new heights and is a constant source of inspiration and joy. I look forward to sharing the music and this joy with each program throughout the season."

    The schedule, which also features a month-long festival running from Jan. 8 through Feb. 8 on the piano entitled, "Upright & Grand," also includes one particular name that piqued our interest: Ben Folds.

    On Saturday, Feb. 6, the bespectacled songsmith responsible for immediately recognizable indie rock/pop tunes such as "Brick," "Rockin' the Suburbs," "Underground" and "The Battle of Who Could Care Less" will debut his brand new piano concerto at Copley Symphony Hall, in addition to performing selections from his catalog with a live orchestra. 

    Folds is also scheduled to perform at the California Center for the Performing Arts, Escondido the night before (Feb. 5) as "Upright & Grand" makes its way around San Diego County.

    The 2015-16 season runs from Oct. 9 through May 29 and tickets/subscription packages are now available. For more information, please visit the San Diego Symphony's official website.