PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Academy of Music’s 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball will feature a master of comedy — who’s also a pretty darn good banjo player. The event is a fundraiser for the venerable theater.
It’s been ages since Steve Martin was a wild and crazy guy. Over the years, he’s won acclaim as an actor, writer and musician, most recently composing for and playing the 5-string banjo. Philadelphia Orchestra Executive Vice President Matthew Loden says on January 27, Martin will share the stage with the Fabulous Philadelphians, led by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, playing specially orchestrated original compositions.READ MORE: Brandywine Valley SPCA, Other Shelters Holding Mega Adoption Event This Weekend
“We will give him free rein to intersperse all kinds of wonderful stories,” Loden said, “and comedic moments, and it just promises to be an incredibly entertaining moment.”Hundreds Rally For Abortion Rights In Philadelphia With Democratic Gov. Nominee Josh Shapiro, Planned Parenthood
It all benefits the opulent Academy, the oldest opera house in the U.S. still used for its original purpose.
“If people want to hear the great Philadelphia Orchestra back in the Academy of Music, which was our home for over a hundred years, this is a wonderful opportunity to do that,” Loden said.MORE NEWS: Family, Friends Hold Memorial Event For Deadly Crash Victim James Sanders
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