Singer Billy Joel will premiere his classical composition WALTZ NO.2 (STEINWAY HALL) at the Academy of Music when he makes his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra next month (Jan08). Joel will join soprano Disella Larusdottie, pianist Conrad Tao and stage act the Blue Man Group at the event on 26 January (08) to mark the 151st anniversary of the Academy of Music. The 58-year-old released Fantasies + Delusions, a disc of classical creations, in 2001, but the forthcoming performance of Waltz No.2 will be the first time it will be played in a new orchestration. A share of the proceeds from the concert will go to benefit the orchestra's Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education.