For the first time in North America, Elton John will perform with a full symphony orchestra during a five-night stint in July at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The shows will be held July 13-14 and

For the first time in North America, Elton John will perform with a full symphony orchestra during a five-night stint in July at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The shows will be held July 13-14 and 16-18 and find John performing with an orchestra and choir consisting of students from London's Royal Academy of Music and New York's Juilliard School. The run will also mark the first time John has headlined at Radio City as a solo performer.

Bravo will televise the event later this year on a date to be announced. A network spokesperson says it is undetermined if the TV special will feature one concert or highlights from several.

Tickets for the shows go on sale Monday (May 3) via Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the July 13 date will go to the Elton John Musical Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and a scholarship fund at Juilliard. John is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music.

"My time there was absolutely valuable to my career," he said today (April 27). "I learned the rudiments of music. I sang in the choir, which was a joyous experience. And I made a lot of friends who [later worked on] my records. The two academies [the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard] are intertwined so it'll be a meeting of two great nations on stage. I like working with young people because they have no fear and no barriers. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and I like being around that."

John previously performed full symphony orchestra concerts in 1986 in Melbourne with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in London in 2002 with the members of the Royal Academy of Music. The former pairing was released as a 1987 album, "Live in Australia With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra." James Newton Howard, who conducted both prior symphonic concerts, will also conduct the Radio City performances.

John as at work on his next studio album, due later this year via Universal.