Rocker Ben Folds has become one of the Nashville Ballet’s biggest boosters. Last spring, he joined the ballet for the Ben Folds Project, a performance of his new concerto with the ballet and Nashville Symphony. Later this month, he’ll be on hand to help the ballet raise money for a much-needed expansion of the company’s Martin Center for Nashville Ballet. The ballet has released the following details:
Nashville Ballet is joining forces with multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds for the third time to present The Ben Folds Affair, a fundraiser benefiting Nashville Ballet’s Elevate Capital Campaign. On Monday, October 27, from 7-9 p.m. at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, Ben Folds will perform a selection of his music alongside Nashville Ballet dancers. The Ben Folds Affair will also be the first public gallery viewing of his photography, hand-selected by Folds. Tickets are $100 for general admission or $250 for the VIP experience. They can be purchases here or by calling 615-297-2966 X 10.
This exclusive event will highlight the unique relationship between Folds and Nashville Ballet, which began at the 2012 Ballet Ball. The Ben Folds Affair will feature a multi-song piano performance from Folds and a performance by Nashville Ballet dancers with accompaniment from Folds. After the performances, guests will enjoy an intimate conversation between Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling and Folds.
“When I met Ben a few years ago, I never dreamt he would be so moved by our dancers and what we are doing on a daily basis at Nashville Ballet,” Vasterling said. “His interest in our work and our shared passion for collaboration has been an inspiration and we’re honored and appreciative to include him in the Elevate campaign.”
VIP tickets for the event include reserved seating and a meet and greet with Folds. All guests will receive a commemorative poster; VIP guests will have the opportunity for signatures on the commemorative poster. All guests will also enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres and first access to Folds’ photography exhibit, never before on display to the public.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the date of the fundraiser. It is Monday, Oct. 27.