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Peter Nero performs the Gershwin Project
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Award-winning pianist Peter Nero comes to The Mahaffey Theater to perform The Gershwin Project Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Award-winning pianist Peter Nero comes to The Mahaffey Theater to perform The Gershwin Project Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.

Nero is the founding conductor and Artistic Director of the Peter Nero and the Philly POPS orchestra.

The concert is a presentation of The Bill Edwards Foundation of the Arts.

Nero has produced 68 records in his musical career and is hailed as one of the premier interpreters of George Gershwin. A child prodigy, he began his formal music training when seven, was accepted to New York City’s prestigious High School of Music and won a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music. His first major national TV success came at the age of 17 when he was chosen to perform "Rhapsody in Blue" on Paul Whiteman’s television special.

The world-renowned pianist and conductor was awarded lifetime musical achievement awards by the President of the Philadelphia City Council in January and by the American Federation of Musicians and the Philadelphia Musicians’ Local 77 in 2009. He also received the Mario Lanza Award for outstanding achievement that year.

Nero is considered “the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer” by The Washington Post. The Philadelphia Inquirer called him the perfect pops conductor.

“Huge talent with polymath abilities…Musician who actually enjoys giving audiences what they want. Plays piano like a dream…” said Music Critic Peter Dobrin.

During his 50 years recording music, Nero won two Grammy awards and received 10 additional nominations. The release of The Summer of ’42, now available in CD, resulted in a million-selling single and album.

His recordings over the last 14 years include two CDS with the Philly POPS, three CDS with full symphony orchestra and the album, Peter Nero and Friends, with Mel Tormé, Maureen McGovern, Doc Severinsen and others. By popular demand, many of Nero’s vinyl recordings have been re-issued on CD, and music lovers of all generations can now hear him on As Time Goes By…The Great American Songbook, Volume III, a Rod Stewart album.

Television credits include: the Emmy Award-winning NBC Special S’Wonderful S’Marvelous, S’Gershwin, performances on PBS-TV’s Piano Pizzazz and A Capital Fourth, the July 4th special in Washington with the National Symphony.

Tickets for Peter Nero are $37.50, $45.50 and $55.50 and may be purchased online at TheMa­haffe­, charge by phone at 727-893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. This show also qualifies for a special 10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more. For more information, email or call 727-892-5716.

The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
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