The Florida Philharmonic is pleased to again be presenting Peter Nero and the Pops at the Philharmonic.
Enjoy the ever-popular stylings of the renowned pianist and conductor
Peter Nero, along with your own FPO.
In the 2001 - 2002 season, Peter and his Philly Pops continue to bring enormous pride to the City of Philadelphia as they bid a fond farewell to their 23 year home at the Academy of Music and now look forward to their first season in their new home as a Resident Company of The Regional Performing Arts Center (RPAC) where they have signed on to perform in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
His guest performances this season include engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, the New Mexico and Arkansas Symphonies, the Buffalo and Dayton Philharmonic and others. He will also perform across the country with his trio.
This past summer, Mr. Nero and the Philly Pops were the musical hosts for the historic, nationally televised ABC July 4th spectacular produced by Norman Lear, in which he joined fellow stars like Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson, Whoopie Goldberg, Garth Brooks, Morgan Freeman and many others in celebrating the independence of our great nation from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Maestro also continued his commitment to many important causes. Some of these included, among others, working for the funding of school music programs, for building new arts centers across the country, cancer research, dystonia, and autism.
One of Nero's most recent compositions is a dramatic piece written for astronaut/narrator and symphony orchestra. Entitled "Voyage into Space©,” this 17 minute work utilizes multi-media visual effects. A friend of Senator John Glenn, Nero was honored that excerpts of this music awakened the Senator during his recent mission in space and that he was a guest of the Senator at the lift off at Kennedy Space Center. Peter Nero and The Philly Pops performed “Voyage into Space” at NASA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 1998, two weeks before the historic launch. In the spring of 2002, Mr. Nero and the Philly Pops could not be prouder to have Senator Glenn himself join the orchestra as Narrator of this work for a Gala concert at the Academy of Music.
This past season found the Maestro in return engagements as guest conductor/soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, and the Pacific, St. Louis and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. He also returned to New York’s Carnegie Hall and in addition, a benefit at the Plaza Hotel for the Friar’s Club in honor of Harry Belafonte.
He has received two GRAMMY Awards with ten nominations and recorded 64 albums including the million-selling “Summer of ’42.”, as well an EMMY award for his participation in an NBC Special “S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous, S’Gershwin. He has performed throughout the world in some of the most prestigious concert halls including Kennedy center, Carnegie hall, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Washington Post dubbed him “the epitome of the Pops Conductor/Performer”.
Nero’s recordings continue to be produced at an accelerated pace, and they now total more than 64. His association with RCA Records produced 23 albums in eight years. His subsequent move to Columbia Records resulted in a million-selling gold single and album, Summer of ‘42 now available on CD. Cashbox Magazine named him the world’s Number One Instrumentalist.
Nero has recorded three CD’s with full symphony orchestra: “On My Own”, “Classic Connections”, and “Peter Nero: My Way”. Another of Nero’s more recent releases “Peter Nero and Friends”, includes collaborations with, among others, Mel Torme, Maureen McGovern, and Doc Severinsen. His latest CD’s are “Love Songs for a Rainy Day” and “More in Love”, both romantic albums. By popular demand, four of his earlier recordings have just been re-released by BMG Special Products on two CD’s.
Among Nero’s long list of honors are four Honorary Doctorates and the International Society of Performing Arts Presenters Award for “Excellence in the Arts.” He is also included on two historic walks of fame - one in Philadelphia, and one in Miami, FL. On October 20th of this past year, he received the prestigious Distinguished Arts Award presented by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Previous honorees were Bill Cosby, Marian Anderson, James Michener, Jimmy Stewart, Andrew Wyeth and Riccardo Mutti.
The Brooklyn-born musician started his formal music training at the age of seven. By the time he was 14, he was accepted to attend New York City’s prestigious High School of Music and Art and won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. Constance Keene wrote in a recent issue of Keyboard Classics, “Vladimir Horowitz was Peter’s greatest fan!”
His first major national TV success came at age 18 when he was chosen to perform Gershwin’s 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 Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Hailed as the premier interpreter of Gershwin, Nero starred in the NBC Emmy Award winning “‘S Wonderful, ‘S Marvelous, ‘S Gershwin.” Other TV credits include performances on PBS-TV “Piano Pizzazz”, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. on it’s July 4th Special entitled “A Capitol Fourth,” the PBS-TV special “The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words" with co-stars Johnny Mathis and Melissa Manchester.
Peter has been a devotee and advocate of consumer electronics and his expertise has led him to be dubbed a “technocrat” by leaders of the industry. If it’s plugged in or battery operated, then Peter has it. While computers and other electronics have made him “the Gadget King”, Peter still makes music on the traditional Steinway concert grand piano and has been an official Steinway artist for over forty years.When not touring around the world, Nero makes his home on the east coast of the United States. He has two children -- Beverly, a successful actress residing with her husband in California and Jedd, a commercial real estate entrepreneur residing with his wife near New York City. Both children have made him a grandfather.
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