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Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne and band to perform with Baltimore Symphony

The

, which has collaborated with the likes of Trey Anastasio, Ben Folds and Elvis Costello, will perform with smoky-voiced singer/songwriter

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and his band Oct. 15 at Strathmore, Oct. 16 at the Meyerhoff. These will be LaMontagne's only concerts with orchestra on his fall tour.

LaMontagne has had several strong-selling, critically admired recordings since his career took off about five years ago; he has a particular knack for writing moody ballads.

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on ...

Aug. 8, but there are several pre-sales as well (fan club, BSO subscribers, etc.)

Here's a taste of LaMontagne's work, a haunting song called "Lessons Learned":

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