Armstrong Auditorium Begins 2014-2015 Season

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Tatum on the piano
Peter Nero
Sergio Monterio
Sergio Monterio

Armstrong Auditorium Begins 2014-2015 Season

Jazz pianist Peter Nero, bassist Michael Barnett to perform at Armstrong Auditorium

With a career spanning more than 50 years, two-time Grammy winner Peter Nero has established himself as one of the world’s most celebrated pianists. Nero will perform a thrilling tribute to the legendary Art Tatum, one of the greatest jazz piano virtuosos of the 20th century, at the Armstrong Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6.

Joined by jazz bassist Michael Barnett, Nero will perform a blend of hits from artists including Cole Porter, “Fats” Waller and George Gershwin. The evening will be an exploration of Tatum’s childhood, training and interaction with other musicians. He will also be sharing his personal stories of the after-hour sessions and unofficial piano contests after 4 a.m. in New York.

“Peter Nero has enchanted audiences worldwide for over half a century with his musical brilliance, astounding virtuosity and warm sense of humor,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. This Julliard trained pianist has collaborated with greats talents such as Mel Tormé and Rod Stewart and has been the celebrated conductor of the world-renowned Philly Pops for the past 34 years.

Shane Granger, marketing director for the Armstrong Auditorium, said concertgoers will delight in experiencing Nero’s talents in the hall’s unmatched acoustics. “This Auditorium’s acoustical intimacy is sensational, and with only 823 luxurious seats, we offer a uniquely intimate evening with one of the world’s legendary jazz pianists,” he said.
Tickets to experience “For Art’s Sake: A Salute to Art Tatum” start at $45 for balcony seating and $97 for orchestra. For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, please visit www.armstrongauditorium.org or call 405-285-1010.

Brazilian pianist Sergio Monteiro slated for Nov. 20 performance

Award-winning concert pianist Sergio Monteiro will perform in recital at the Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature works from composers W.A. Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann and Henrique Oswald.

Monteiro is recognized for his fiery playing that combines an extraordinary depth of musicianship and an impeccable technique. A native of Brazil, he has performed as a soloist around the globe, from the Kremlin to the John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and was recently named the director of piano at the Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music.

“Sergio Monteiro has established an impressive repertoire through his incomparable creativity and energy. When he starts playing, music comes to life,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. “The acclaimed musician has won more than 30 awards across South America and in 2005 triumphed at the Second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.”

The auditorium’s unmatched acoustics surround the audience to create a musical environment that provides an unforgettable experience to both concertgoers and artists.

“The audience will be captivated by Monteiro’s technicality and musical brilliance. The auditorium’s magnificent Hamburg Steinway is ideal for Monteiro’s beautiful scores and the intimate environment will provide an entertaining evening with an internationally renowned pianist,” said Shane Granger, marketing director for the Armstrong Auditorium.

Tickets to see Sergio Monteiro begin at $23 for balcony seating and $48 for orchestra. For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, please visit www.armstrongauditorium.org or call 405-285-1010.

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