Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Runge Conservation Nature Center June 23

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There are different paths to discovering nature, and music and photography are two of the most popular.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a live performance at its Runge Conservation Nature Center Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the general public.  Nilsen, a noted pianist and acoustic musician, comes from Portland, Ore. He is one of the largest-selling musical artists in the Northwestern U.S. 

For this multi-media engagement, Nilsen will compliment his music with the spectacular nature, landscape, and wildlife images of MDC Photographer Noppadol Paothong.  Paothong’s photography can be seen regularly in MDC’s Missouri Conservationist Magazine, as well as many other MDC publications.

According to Nilsen, “As a performer, I like exploring beyond the boundaries of my recorded songs. It gives me the chance to offer something special, spontaneous and personal to my audience.  The entire performance hinges on the connection not only between the players, but with the audience as well.”

Nilsen began studying classical piano at age 6. Since then, his music has touched the lives of millions of listeners through his CDs, radio, concerts, and his record label, Magic Wing. Nilsen gains inspiration for some of his music through the beauty of nature.

Based out of Oregon, Nilsen is a sought-after performer throughout the U.S.  He has performed in all 50 states and toured the United Kingdom as well. 

Notable releases by Nilsen during his nearly three-decade career include his first solo piano album, Places I Go, and the folk rock CD, John Nilsen and Swimfish—both on his own Magic Wing label.  His latest release, Local Ocean, will be out this summer.  More details on Nilsen’s work can be found at

“Nature is defined not only through science but through music and the arts,” said Kathy Cavender, manager of Runge Conservation Nature Center. “John Nilsen brings nature to life through his music.  He shares his love of nature through stories and songs that cut to the very essence of our connection to nature.”

Attendance for the concert is free and open to all 12 years and older. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Runge Conservation Nature Center at 573-526-5544.