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: Philadelphia Police Investigating 2 Separate Fatal Hit-And-Runs: 'It Can Get Pretty Chaotic Around Here'
“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.”Temple University Students, Faculty Have Mixed Feelings About Returning To In-Person Learning
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: Teenage Boy Shot 7 Times In West Philadelphia, Police Say
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