Popular northwest acoustic musical artist John Nilsen to perform at Powder Valley Nature Center

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Kirkwood, MO – There are different paths to discovering nature, and music is one of the most popular. The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a performance in the nature center’s auditorium Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Nilsen, a noted pianist and acoustic musician, comes from Portland, Oregon. He is one of the largest-selling musical artists in the northwestern U.S.

“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,” according to Nilsen. “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. John gains inspiration for some of his music through the beauty of nature.

Nilsen is a sought-after performer throughout the U.S., and has a nine-date concert tour scheduled in the United Kingdom starting in October.

Recent releases by Nilsen during his 25-year 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. More details on Nilsen’s work can be found online at johnnilsen.com.

Attendance for the John Nilsen concert is free, but advanced registration is required by calling Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Powder Valley Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270. The nature center is owned and operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and has been helping people discover nature through music and many other ways for more than 20 years.