Peter Nero, founding artistic director of the Philly Pops, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Federation of Musicians at the Philly Pops concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on October 7. At the concert, the Philadelphia Musicians Union also honored Nero, a member of the AFM since 1951, with an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award. Nero, also active as a pianist, has served as conductor of the Philly Pops since its founding in 1979 and in that role has collaborated with artists including Mel Tormé, Doc Severinsen, and Rod Stewart. “Peter has always exhibited the greatest respect for the musicians who have worked with him, which has earned him a stellar reputation,” said AFM International President Thomas F. Lee.    

Posted October 14, 2009