Ben Folds is coming to Washington, again, in a capacity few may have expected. The National Symphony Orchestra has named the singer-songwriter to the post of artistic adviser for a three-season term, starting this fall in the 2017-18 season.

Folds will take over presenting the “Declassified” series of Friday night concerts, on which he himself appeared, playing his own piano concerto, last season, and which will now be under the rubric of “Ben Folds Presents.” It’s hard to say exactly what changes he will bring, since only one of the three 2017-18 “Declassified” concerts (featuring Leonard Slatkin leading Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”) has been announced; the other two are still to be determined.

But Folds will also take on a broader role, working with the NSO curating concerts and outreach programs and attempting to forge connections across the Kennedy Center. In a statement, he said, “I’m looking forward to taking this creative journey together.”

When Folds played with the NSO, I found the program so ill-conceived that I predicted his fans would never return. Folds is now setting out to prove me wrong, and nothing would make me happier than to see the NSO, and him, getting it right.

The NSO has yet to announce a new executive director to replace Rita Shapiro, who stepped down earlier this season.