Peter Nero to Play Harris Center, 11/12-13

Peter Nero to Play Harris Center, 11/12-13

"If he weren't such a superb musician, Peter Nero might be easy to dismiss as a mere great entertainer" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Harris Center at Folsom Lake College welcomes the legendary Peter Nero to Stage One for two separate programs over two nights with bassist Michael Barnett. Hailed as one of the premier interpreters of Gershwin, will perform The Gershwin Project, and Classic Connections, an evening dedicated to showing how jazz and classical standards are more closely related than people might think.

Peter Nero's performance of The Gershwin Project will take place at Harris Center on Tue, Nov 12, 2013; 7:30 pm and will perform Classic Connections Wed, Nov 13, 2013; 7:30 pm. Tickets $29-$39, Premium $49. Tickets are available online at or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street. Both performances are sponsored by Capital Public Radio.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Peter Nero's recording career. In addition to two Grammy Awards, he has garnered 10 additional nominations and released 68 albums. His latest CDs are romantic albums titled Love Songs for a Rainy Day and More in Love. By popular demand, four of his earlier vinyl recordings have been re-issued on CD. Music lovers of all generations can now hear him on Rod Stewart's album As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook, Volume II.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Nero began his formal music training at the age of seven. By the time he was 14, he was accepted to New York City's prestigious High School of Music and Art and won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. Constance Keene, his teacher and mentor, once wrote in an issue of Keyboard Classics that "Vladimir Horowitz was Peter's greatest fan!"

Mr. Nero's first major national TV success came at age 17 when he was chosen to perform Rhapsody in Blue on Paul Whiteman's TV special. He subsequently appeared on many top variety and talk shows, including 11 guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Mr. Nero starred in the Emmy Award-winning NBC Special S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous, S'Gershwin. Other TV credits include performances on PBS-TV's Piano Pizzazz and with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., on its July 4th special titled A Capitol Fourth. He served as music director and pianist for the PBS-TV special The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words with co-stars Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, and the Philly Pops.