A Festival Of Keyboards!
A Festival Of Keyboards! is a grand concert of four pianos featuring Stephen Nielson, Robert Holme, Gerald Anderson and Jeff Bennett. The concert features sacred, classical and pop music and includes solos, duets and of course, the thrilling foursome together.
Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Steinway Artist Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time. His concertizing has taken him to such cities as Hong Kong, Bogota, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India, to name a few. He has toured major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan and Switzerland, and is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance. His North American solo and chamber music itinerary for more than a quarter century numbers concerts in the hundreds, from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miami to Winnipeg and Toronto, Chicago to Dallas.
Jeff Bennett's writing and recordings have made him a respected pianist, arranger and recording artist with every major publisher in the country. Not only is he a writer of church music, but has performed on a recording for Disney and has arranged for artists like Marvin Hamlisch. Jeff has served as a worship leader in several local churches in Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri; and has had many opportunities to share his God-given talents with others. Throughout the year, he leads Master Classes in arranging and keyboard skills, and performs concerts throughout the United States.
Jerry Anderson was director of keyboard studies at Missouri Western State University before retiring in May 2007. Since 1974, Anderson has been director of music at First Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is a founding member of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association and has held many posts in the Missouri MTA, American Guild of Organists and MTNA. Anderson has been Missouri Chair of University/College Faculty for the Missouri MTA for the past nine years and was named the Missouri Music Teacher of the Year in 2004.