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Friday, Oct 18: Acclaimed Pianist Tony Nalker at GVT

“Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail,” Frank Sinatra famously wrote, as noted by daughter Nancy Sinatra in a 1985 book titled Frank Sinatra, My Father. Such a commitment to the craft of singing has left an indelible mark on much of popular music, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a working musician today that hasn’t felt Sinatra’s imprint on their own art.

Acclaimed pianist Tony Nalker mines plenty of the iconic jazz legend’s style and sensibilities, while impressing with a sound and approach irrefutably unique. He currently resides in Washington, DC as pianist for the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center.

Accompanied by vocalist Bob McDonald and instrumentalist Scott Silbert, Nalker is slated to perform a benefit concert at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre on Friday, October 18. The evening will not only honor the enduring work of Sinatra but the art and beauty of live music itself — with selections from his film and concert performances. A reception will follow in the Daywood Lobby.

Show begins promptly at 7:30pm and tickets run $50 — reservations are highly recommended. A dinner option will be available before the concert via reservation only. For an additional $50 dollars, dinner-goers will begin the evening at GVT for light cocktails followed by a drawing to determine their dinner location. To make reservations please contact Development Director Ethan Serr at 304-645-3838 ext. 110 or with any questions or to RSVP for the dinner.

For more information, call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

– Jason Scott. HashtagWV #118. October 2019. Follow Jason Scott’s interviews at

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