Grammy winning pianist Nero set to perform at GPAC

Staff report

January 31, 2014

PEMBROKE — Grammy Award winning pianist Peter Nero will celebrate his 50th anniversary of recording music with an intimate performance at the Givens Performing Arts Center on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

Nero, founding conductor of the Philly Pops, along with bassist Michael Barnett, will perform “Music of the Heart,” a unique program of classical favorites, Broadway standards, and more.

Tickets can be purchased at the GPAC Box Office or by calling 910-521-6361. Prices range from $20 to $30 each.

Nero has won several Grammy Awards including his first for “Best New Artist of the Year.” In addition to the Grammy awards, he has garnered 10 additional nominations and released over 68 albums. After his early association with RCA Records, he moved to Columbia Records, which resulted in a million-selling single and album — “The Summer of ’42” — now available on CD.

Among Mr. Nero’s long list of honors are six honorary doctorates and the prestigious International Society of Performing Arts Presenters Award for “Excellence in the Arts.” In February 2009, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation presented Mr. Nero with its prestigious Lincoln Award. The Award is given to persons of distinction who, through their actions, have significantly contributed to the United States of America.

On Jan. 27, 2007, Nero joined Rod Stewart from the piano for a performance of “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” at the Academy of Music’s 150th Anniversary Concert. Nero’s recent guest performances include engagements with the Indianapolis Symphony, the National Arts Centre Symphony in Ottawa, the Charlotte Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, among others.

Hailed as one of the premier interpreters of Gershwin, Mr. Nero starred in the Emmy Award-winning NBC Special “S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous, S’Gershwin.” Other television credits include performances on PBS-TV’s “Piano Pizzazz” and with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., on its July 4 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.

Prior to the show, the Act I Diner’s Club will provide an exquisite dinner and a wine and cheese reception. The Act I Diner’s Club tickets are sold separately. For information, visit or call 910-521-6361.