The Piano Guys created an Internet phenomenon with their original blend of classical music with pop and now they will showcase their talents live in concert at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m.
What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.
The Piano Guys consist of Jon Schmidt on piano, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. Yet the other two, producer/videographer Paul Anderson, and music producer/songwriter Al van der Beek, are equally significant members of the group. The group’s name comes from Anderson’s piano store in St. George, Utah, which was called The Piano Guys.
The Piano Guys videos have so far netted over 293 million YouTube views. They have over 972,000 Facebook fans who have shared videos like "Michael Meets Mozart," which features over 100 tracks of cello textures, including a deep bass drum sound created by tapping on the cello body; a shaker sound made by Nelson rubbing rosin on his bow; and a record-scratch noise caused by his scraping a quarter on the strings."We try to put a 'wow factor' in every video," says Anderson, promising that future videos for The Piano Guys tracks will likewise factor in plenty of wow.
Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.