$9 for An Evening with Peter Nero at State Theatre on Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m. (Up to $48 Value)

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An Evening with Peter Nero

Although he was classically trained at Juilliard, Peter Nero is practically a pop star. After composing the scores to Summer of '42 and Sunday in New York, he became a regular on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show, keeping company with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Andy Williams. But it's his ivory-tickling prowess—not his celebrity or ability to burp quarter notes—that has made him a household name from the '60s to the present day. Ray Charles put it best: Nero "plays his buns off" when he's seated at his signature Steinway.

Now, more than 50 years after embarking on his recording career, the Grammy-winner treats audiences to a romantic Valentine's Day performance entitled "Music of the Heart." Backed only by bassist Michael Barnett, the master showman mashes up classical favorites with Broadway standards during his two-hour set. Highlights include a Cole Porter and Beethoven blend of "Night and Day" and "Moonlight Sonata" and Andrew Lloyd Webber mingling with Puccini and Ravel on "Memory/Un Bel Di."

State Theatre

The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.

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    State Theatre

    15 Livingston Ave.

    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

    732-247-7200 x517

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Grammy-winning pianist and founder of the Philly Pops romances audiences during set of classical favorites mashed up with Broadway standards

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 14th, 2014. Limit 10/person. Venue assigns seat location. No upgrades. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 90 mins prior to show for a ticket at the State Theatre. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at will call. Doors open 1 hr before showtime. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase under same Groupon account to sit together. Stairs required to access all balcony sections. Patrons with disabilities must contact State Theatre prior to purchasing. Discount reflects the State Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.