Returning to The Smith Center by popular demand after selling out each of its previous performances, this standalone group packs venues worldwide with its electrifying arrangements that wholly redefine the possibilities of instrumental music. Seamlessly mixing classical masterpieces with energizing pop hits on piano and cello, this groundbreaking quartet seeks inventive new ways to deliver uplifting music, including a 10-handed piano performance of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and thumping infectious percussive rhythms on a piano body. The group’s fresh tunes span reimagined renditions of hits by One Direction, Korean pop juggernaut BTS and Christina Perri, music from feature films such as “Avatar,” “Frozen" and “The Greatest Showman,” and many more surprises.
The group includes classically trained pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, who have performed together for 20 years. Through the support of Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek with texturing and arranging, the group rapidly grew from an overnight internet sensation — garnering over 1.6 billion views on YouTube with its dazzling music videos — to a globally celebrated group with several hit albums through Sony Music Masterworks.
The group has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning” and performed on the "TODAY” show, “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show.”
Pop and classical music fans alike will jump to their feet to enjoy this joyful performance.
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Pianist Jon Schmidt didn’t think much would happen, when he agreed to shoot some amateur music videos with his pal Paul Anderson several years ago. “It started off with just returning a favor to him,” recalls Schmidt, who in his years as a solo performer had borrowed instruments from Anderson’s Utah piano shop, The PianREAD MORE