Pianist Jerry Nelson to perform in Burlington October 22
Eastern Colorado and western Kansas communities are slated for a special treat when internationally-celebrated concert pianist, Jerry Nelson, will perform at the Burlington High School Auditorium October 22. The nimble fingers of this accomplished musician will thrill your hearts as his program presents a variety of instrumental and piano sensations.
Nelson has established himself as one of the world's premiere performers, having performed on all continents except Antarctica. He has teamed up with Dino and Anthony Burger and accompanied such artists as Glen Campbell, Sandi Patti, Tom Netherton and Steve Amerson.
As a composer, arranger, conductor and studio producer, he has conducted orchestras from London and Tel Aviv to Nashville and Los Angeles. His creative touch appears on over 500 recorded projects. Working with sons Scott and Brad in their Eagle’s Nest Studio of the Rockies, his publishing and arranging efforts include several dozen original songs and over 5,000 arrangements. He introduced accompaniment tapes to public schools and the church world in the 1970’s, which are commonly and widely used world-wide today. He also created the 400-voice Rocky Mountain Praise Choir in Denver.
Nelson’s first "official" assignment was playing piano at age 10 in a small Minnesota church. He began his career in public school music also in Minnesota followed by over three decades arranging and directing orchestra at Denver First Nazarene Church. Today, Jerry and Rachel are focused on a full-time concert career. Jerry’s heart for serving is evident in his willingness to perform in small communities amid his busy schedule at venues around the world. He brings with him great instrumentalists including the experience of long, faithful artists and the aspiring work of a 14-year-old drummer.
Much of the proceeds of their concerts enable trips to the Congo and Rwanda where Jerry performs concerts and teaches music while Rachel works with AIDS victims and coordinates micro-loan financing for impoverished women with young families to feed. Together they also work with humanitarian programs including economical water purification and youth education.
Nelson will be performing in concert Sunday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Burlington High School Auditorium. There is no charge for admission. A free will offering will be taken.