The UNLV Performing Arts Center is proud to present Peter Nero, perhaps the “perfect pop conductor” (Philadelphia Inquirer), featuring the UNLV Jazz Symphony Orchestra, in a delightful evening of Gershwin melodies, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 as part of the Charles Vanda Master Series. The program includes “Someone to Watch Over Me” and excerpts from Porgy and Bess.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Nero’s recording career, which has produced 67 recordings. In 1960 he signed to a three-year contract with RCA Victor records, which was then renewed for another five years, producing more than 26 LPs, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Piano Concerto in F with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. The following year, he was honored with his first Grammy Award, as “Best New Artist of the Year.”
In January 2013 pianist and conductor Nero was awarded a certificate by the President of the Philadelphia City Council honoring his outstanding lifetime musical achievements, and recognizing his innumerable contributions to arts and culture in Philadelphia as an award-winning pianist and the founding conductor and Artistic Director of the world renowned Peter Nero and the Philly POPS orchestra.
Tickets to Peter Nero are $25-$40-$55-$75 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or online at pac.unlv.edu. Student rush tickets are $13 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.50 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season’s performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at pac.unlv.edu.
Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada’s original performing arts venue, celebrating nearly 40 years of arts in Las Vegas. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances and is home to the Charles Vanda Master Series. At the UNLV PAC, Southern Nevadans can enjoy the arts nearly every day of the year. The Performing Arts Center is home to productions presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV and the UNLV music and dance departments, the Desert Chorale, and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. The Center also hosts more than 50,000 Clark County School District students yearly for productions, festivals and concerts.