starring Peter Nero
March 8, 2014 | 8:00 PMThe Bezemes Family Theater
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Peter Nero’s recording career, which eventually produced 67 recordings. In 1960, he was signed to a three-year contract with RCA Victor records, which was then renewed for another five years, producing more than 26 LPs, including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Piano Concerto in F” with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. The following year, he was honored with his first Grammy Award as Best New Artist of the Year.
A two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist, Peter Nero leads his unrivaled Philly Pops Orchestra blending classical, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz—all performed with virtuosity, authenticity, and an inviting sense of humor. The Washington Post has called him “the epitome of the Pops conductor/performer.”
“Peter Nero is, of course, known for his piano playing, covering a range from classical concert repertoire to straight-ahead jazz. His fingers stretch as far as Art Tatum’s, and he practically knows no limits on the Steinway. He is also a fine conductor … Philadelphia is lucky to have him and his, by now, trademark Philly Pops,” said All About Jazz’s Victor L. Schermer.
“Eclectic and iconoclastic, he gives a performance filled with wry wit and musical brillance.”
– New York Post
“His music shows not only a fluent and totally self-assured technique but a sensitivity of phrasing that singers should study ... a precise sense of harmonic textures and a whimsical imagination...”
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