Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes Billy Joel

December 28, 2007 1:15:07 PM PST
The Piano Man will make his Philadelphia Orchestra debut next month. Billy Joel will perform with the orchestra Jan. 26 to celebrate the 151st anniversary of the Academy of Music. The announcement was made Thursday.

The program, led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, will also include the Blue Man Group, soprano Disella Larusdottir and pianist Conrad Tao.

Joel will play a selection of his own songs, and the orchestra will present the world premiere of his classical composition "Waltz No. 2 (Steinway Hall)" in a new orchestration.

A portion of the proceeds will support the orchestra's Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education.

Joel released "Fantasies & Delusions," an album of classical piano compositions, in 2001.


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