Metolius church hosts acclaimed Eugene pianist
Picturesque, spiritual and emotive.
That's how Oregon pianist and composer David Nevue describes his music.
"The songs very much tell a story," he says. "I place a strong emphasis on melody, so the music is easy to listen to and relate to. You'll find yourself humming the melodies after the show."
Nevue is putting on a free piano concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Metolius Friends Community Church.
Nevue is an award-winning and internationally recognized recording artist. His 16 albums include his most recent "In the Soft Light of Grace," which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon for his genre and made it to the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
Metolius Friends Community Church member Sandy Monaco invited Nevue, who lives in the Eugene area, to have a concert at her church. She and her husband met him at a Salem concert several years ago when they lived in Canby.
"I said, 'What do we have to do to get to come to a concert at our church?'" Monaco recalls. "He said, 'You just have to invite me.' So, I invited him."
This will be the fifth concert Monaco has arranged with Nevue over the years – this time, in Jefferson County.
"He's a special treat," Monaco said, adding that she has all his CDs. "If you like music at all – piano, any kind of music – he's a master at what he does."
She said Nevue tells funny stories during the concert and explains how some songs came to him.
"It's always wonderful to share my music with a receptive audience who's excited to have me come and perform for them," Nevue said.
During the 90-minute concert of music and storytelling, he will play a few of the "big ones," such as "Overcome," "No More Tears," "The Vigil" and "Open Sky." He will share two or three songs from his latest album, "In the Soft Light of Grace," plus a few of his hymn/praise arrangements over the course of the show.
"The concert host requested a couple of songs as well, so I'll play those and whatever else I feel led to play in the moment," Nevue said.
Monaco said Nevue's CDs will be for sale at the free event. There will be space for social distancing, and guests are encouraged to wear face coverings. There will also be refreshments.
Nevue had to shut down his concert tours after COVID hit, so this will be his first "in person" show of any sort since the pandemic started.
"I love Eastern Oregon, and doing the show gives me the perfect excuse to hang out in the area for a few days and do some hiking, exploring and photography while I'm in the area," Nevue said.
He offered to do the show free of charge, telling Monaco that he didn't care if 10 people or 100 people attend.
"I don't really see a reason to charge. It's more important to me that folks feel free to come to the event and invite their friends along," Nevue said. "Plus, with COVID and all, it just gives me the opportunity to play a show in person again and make sure I still have my concert chops!"
David Nevue Concert
Pianist, composer and storyteller
Date: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
Place: Metolius Friends Community Church, 575 Hood Ave., Metolius
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