Monday, February 20, 2017
I Attended A Concert Featuring Ben Folds Plus the Saint Louis Symphony and Orchestra Yesterday; It Was Fun!
Also, there was a, "Rock that Bitch!" moment, which is how audience members will often yell that phrase at a concert and Mr. Folds in response creates a short song on-the-spot. It is always incredibly impressive to watch someone create a piece of music live, and Mr. Folds did it expertly, assigning various keys and chords to the Symphony and Orchestra before creating a delightfully ominous short piece that had the sound of a Frankenstein's Monster rampaging around the countryside with its low bass sounds and sliding-Xylophones.
It also was especially touching towards the end when he made a speech--which he announced he would be doing with, "I'm gonna make a speech!" Mr. Folds talked briefly about how the Arts are an important part of civilization and that throughout history a city having a Symphony and Orchestra was considered the greatest example of civilization. Mr. Folds discussed how funding the Arts is incredibly important and that, "If you're a fan of civilization, which I am, we need to make sure we support the arts," which resulted the audience laughing and then clapping in agreement.
I enjoyed watching Ben Folds performing with the Saint Louis Symphony and Orchestra, as his performance had material that appealed to pop, rock, and classical-music fans. While I was a little sad he didn't do the hilarious, "Rockin' the Suburbs," song I like, the whole thing was otherwise a good time!