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Elvis Costello and Ben Folds join the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Scott Dunn at the Hollywood Bowl, on Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6, 2014, at 8 PM. Prolific musical icon Costello will perform songs from his vast repertoire, including classics such as “Alison” and “Watching the Detectives,” in sophisticated, jazzy orchestral arrangements with the LA Phil. To open the evening, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Folds will perform music including a movement from his new piano concerto and his pop hits "The Luckiest" and "Landed," also with the orchestra.
Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 35 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett, Allen Toussaint and The Roots. Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists. The list reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group The Fairfield Four and the viol consort Fretwork with the countertenor Michael Chance. During his career Costello has received several prestigious honors, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with the Brodsky Quartet for The Juliet Letters, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series G.B.H. and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory. Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award.
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 which he will perform during 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.
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