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Piano Pop Best Bet: Ben Folds/GR Symphony

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Acura/ELS Presents the Ben Folds Orchestral Experience with the Grand Rapids Symphony
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids
Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
grsymphony.org, (616) 454-9451

There isn't really anyone on this planet that can make a song about abortion as endearing as Ben Folds can. Likewise, Folds is one of a few musicians on this planet that can make the suburbs sound exciting. (The other being Arcade Fire.) That's the thing about Folds, though. He takes something left-of-center, mates it with his poppy piano sounds and not only makes it work, but makes it incredible. Take for instance Lonely Avenue, an album he made with High Fidelity author Nick Hornby. Here's the twist: Hornby isn't a known musician. Clearly, he enjoys music, as any High Fidelity fan will tell you. For this album, Hornby wrote the lyrics for all the songs while Folds wrote the music. And like anything Folds touches, it was delightful. Folds dives into delightful territory yet again when he partners up with the Grand Rapids Symphony this month to help perform his new piano concerto. Always one to please his fans, Folds will also perform his hits with the symphony as well. 

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