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Composer and musician John Nilsen plays the piano at a music concert
MDC’s Runge Nature Center welcomes popular composer, musician John Nilsen for an evening of live musical performance blended with imagery from MDC Photographer Noppadol Paothong April 27 in Jefferson City.

Acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Runge Nature Center April 27

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Apr 22, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes popular musical artist John Nilsen for an evening of live performance at its Runge Conservation Nature Center Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Nilsen, a noted pianist and acoustic musician, comes from Portland, Oregon.

For this multi-media engagement, Nilsen will compliment his nature-inspired music with the spectacular 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.

“As a performer, I like exploring beyond the boundaries of my recorded songs,” said Nilsen. “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 six. Since then, his music has touched the lives of millions of listeners through his CDs, radio, concerts, and his record label, Magic Wing. He gains inspiration for some of his music through the beauty of nature.

Based in Oregon, Nilsen is a sought-after performer throughout the U.S. He has performed in all 50 states, has toured the United Kingdom, and averages 225 live shows each year.

Notable album releases by Nilsen on the Magic Wing label during his nearly 35-year career include, Places I GoLocal Ocean, and the folk-rock CD, John Nilsen and Swim Fish. More details on Nilsen’s work can be found at

Attendance for the John Nilsen concert is free, and no registration is required. Find more information about this event by visiting, by calling the nature center at (573) 526-5544, or by visiting the nature center located at 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.

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