- $9 for one ticket to An Evening with Peter Nero (up to $48 value)
- When: Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m.
- Where: State Theatre
- Section: mid orchestra, mid or upper balcony, or gallery
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the orchestra seating chart.
- Click here to view the balcony seating chart.
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."
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.