Win Tickets ($97): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents ThePianoGuys | Classical Crossover, Orchestral Pop, Cello Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents ThePianoGuys on August 15. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 5.


From our sponsors:
August 15, 2019
Doors 5 p.m., Show 7 p.m. | All Ages
$48.50 General Admission, $78.50 Reserved, $108.50 Terrace
More info:

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561

Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They’ve made over 35 since joining forces in early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” But it’s the Guys’ highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an Internet phenomenon that has brought them to their major label debut album, The Piano Guys, released on Sony Masterworks on October 2nd, 2012.

In the last few months, The Piano Guys have performed on everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” to “The Today Show” and “Katie.” Their most recent video “Mission Impossible” featuring YouTube violin sensation Lindsey Stirling, continues to build momemtum with over 1.5M views in a month. It finds the band and Stirling in a spy thriller as covert operatives while playing their unique take on this famous musical theme.

The album features more of the imaginative mash-up arrangements that The Piano Guys are already famous for, including sources ranging from Michael Jackson to Mozart, The Bourne Identity to David Guetta. It also includes an original song and innovative takes on hits by One Direction, Adele and Christina Perri.

But just who are The Piano Guys? Actually, there’s only one piano player, Jon Schmidt, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. Yet the other three – Paul Anderson, Tel Stewart and Al van der Beek – are equally significant members of the group. The Piano Guys’ name comes from Anderson’s piano store in St. George, Utah, which was called The Piano Guys. Looking for an alternative to low-yield conventional advertising, Anderson devised a Facebook promotional page and YouTube channel featuring the most famous pianist he could find – local pianist, Jon Schmidt. A self-described “New Age Classical” player, Schmidt was indeed well-established locally, thanks to eight albums and seven piano books of his song transcriptions. He also performed concerts throughout Utah, one of which featured a young guest artist, Steven Sharp Nelson, who adventurously combined traditional cello playing with percussion effects. “I was 15 when I met Jon and started playing with him,” Nelson recalls. “I had to get a ride to shows! But we’ve had a great brotherhood that’s now lasted 20 years.”

When Nelson moved from Salt Lake City to the suburb of Sandy, providence, if not serendipity, intervened. Al van der Beek, who came from a musical family and played several instruments and sang, lived down the street from Nelson’s new place and helped him move. “I suggested we ‘collaborate’ sometime and he hesitated because I think he didn’t want to disappoint me if I was horrible!” says van der Beek, laughing. “But,” says Nelson, “I checked out his home studio and started playing some of my unfinished songs, and he told me what the titles should be and their meaning – and finished them on the spot! The guy is music incarnate!”

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49 Responses to Win Tickets ($97): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents ThePianoGuys | Classical Crossover, Orchestral Pop, Cello Rock

  1. Jen June 29, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    I’ve loved the Piano Guys for years, and the zoo even longer. I worked in the Africafe out of high school and had a membership when my son was young. It’s an amazing place for concerts!

    • Kath July 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

      Classical crossover! Sounds amazing!

    • Diane V July 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

      Members of the OR zoo, we go often….missed getting concert tickets this year & we love the Piano Guys!,, Crossing my fingers…

    • Diane V July 15, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

      How exciting! Members of the OR zoo, we go often….missed getting concert tickets this year & we love the Piano Guys!,, Crossing my fingers…

  2. Cassi June 29, 2019 at 9:49 am #

    Yes please! This would be a fantastic date night to surprise my husband with!

  3. Dayna June 29, 2019 at 11:48 am #

    This piano couple would really like to see ThePianoGuys at the Oregon Zoo!

  4. Brittanie June 30, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    This sounds fun!

  5. Caroline June 30, 2019 at 9:12 am #

    This would be a fantastic way to celebrate my boyfriend’s 62nd birthday!

  6. CJ June 30, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    Oh Please!! Pick Me..Pick Me!!
    It’s my son’s BDay I’d love to give them to him as a special surprise! & it’s not easy for me to surprise him…mostly becuz I cant keep a secret very well! But seriously….WOW…would be flippen amazing present!

  7. RK June 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    This sounds like a really nice night!

  8. Jessica June 30, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    Sounds like a great show!

  9. Lisa July 1, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    All of my favorite things in one!

  10. Emily July 2, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun!

  11. Emily W July 2, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    Would love the opportunity to finally see the piano guys live! This would be a great date night for my husband and I!

  12. Jason Lyman July 2, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

    We love the Piano Guys!

  13. Amy July 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    I love ThePianoGuys and would love to see them live at the Zoo!

    • Tiffany July 4, 2019 at 7:07 am #

      Beautiful music + great venue = perfect date night. I play The Piano Guys all the time in my classroom and would love to see them live!

      • Anneliese Autry July 8, 2019 at 9:27 am #

        I would love to win this! The Piano Guys music helped me through a hard time in my life in college: it would be fabulous and healing to see them Live!

  14. Kurt Pfeffer July 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

    Great night out at the Zoo!!

  15. Bobbie July 2, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

    Sounds like a great evening to go to the Zoo!

  16. Joni S July 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    Love the zoo, love piano music, would like to go

  17. Kelsey Smith July 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm #
  18. Liz July 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

    I would love to take my son!

  19. Jessica July 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    The Piano Guys?!!!!!!! Yasssss!!!!

    • Erica Hose July 2, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

      I went a couple of years ago and had a great experience. I would love to feel that magic again.

  20. Zoe S July 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

    Oh man I really want to go!

  21. Julie July 2, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

    My friend’s favorite band! She’s never seen them!

  22. Josie July 3, 2019 at 7:34 am #

    I teach special education and play The Piano Guys in my class constantly to keep everyone centered. It would be fabulous to see them outside at the zoo!!

  23. Jenny July 3, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    My kids would love to see The Piano Guys! We’ve not been to a zoo concert yet but have always wanted to go!

  24. Amanda July 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    Yes, please. Date night with my son!

  25. Danielle July 9, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    My husband is obsessed with the piano guys and I would love to take him to this.

  26. Bogdan July 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

    Zoo concerts are the best, can’t beat that environment.

  27. Afton July 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    This would be so much fun!

  28. Kaila July 9, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    I’ve been listening to these guys for years, I would love to see them live!

  29. Emily July 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

    As a classical musician, I sincerely appreciate it when we get to crossover to more mainstream venues. I’d love to see the cellos live at the zoo.

  30. April July 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

    Would love to go see a zoo concert.

  31. Patricia Gohier July 9, 2019 at 11:16 pm #

    Would love to experience this event! Kids are teens now so we can’t wait to enjoy the city!

  32. Eric Ballew July 9, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

    The piano guys are awesome! Loved thier remix of star wars theme and it would be super awesome to see them live!

  33. Ashley B. July 11, 2019 at 7:57 am #

    Sounds like a fun night of great music for the fiancée and I!

  34. Evan David July 11, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    This I want to see….

  35. Bob July 11, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    This would be amazing!

  36. judy July 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

    Love the music!

  37. Lena Bainbridge July 11, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

    I’d be so grateful to win tickets! I want to win so I can treat someone to a special date, plus I’ve never seen a concert at the zoo!

  38. Matt July 12, 2019 at 11:20 pm #

    I would love to go!

  39. Renee July 14, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    I would live to see them live!

  40. Bronwyn Ewers July 16, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    The Piano Guys are the best! Have you seen their music videos on YouTube? I own several of their CDs. I absolutely love them. Hooray!

  41. Melissa Valenzuela July 16, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    I’d like to be selected, so I can know that people actually do get selected :) plus, these guys are awesome.

  42. Peter Hope July 16, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

    Cross over style music is great. Consider how many of Rocks greatest artist were Classically trained musicians. I would thoroughly enjoy a listening to the Piano Guys

  43. Mac July 16, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

    I’ve lived here for years and I’ve still never been to the zoo! This would be such a cool way to check it out!

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