Music Scene: Peter Kater

Peter Kater

His way is OK, and he has six Grammy nominations in seven years to prove it.

Pianist and composer Peter Kater will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Mesa State College, 1231 N. 12th St.

Kater’s website,, details the life of the multi-platinum album selling musician: He was born in Munich, Germany, moved to New Jersey at age 4, and began studying the piano at age 7, at his mother’s demand.

Even at a young age Kater was compelled to play classical music “his way.” His first three teachers saw it as a problem, according to Kater’s online bio.

Kater moved to Boulder at age 18 and began a six-year period of playing improvisationally in clubs in the Rocky Mountain region. He also began composing and recording his music a few years later.

Kater released his first solo piano album titled “Spirit” in 1983 on his own label, Source Records, and found himself as one of what was then a handful of instrumental artists with music in new genre now known as New Age.

In 1990, Kater collaborated with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai on the CD “Natives.” He has scored more 100 television programs and films and 11 off- and on-Broadway plays.

He is a recipient of the prestigious Environmental Leadership Award from the United Nations.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Triple Play, Back Porch Music, City Market stores, or by phone, 243-8497.

Other music events in the area:

• Raindance Promotions Christmas Bash featuring Rob “Chicken Fatt” Mitchell, 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Rockslide Brew Pub, 401 Main St., ages 21 plus, 245-2111.

• Whyld Honey, doors open 7 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, jazz and blues-infused holiday concert, Cobble Creek Club House, 699 Cobble Drive, Montrose, $15 general admission, $10 Cobble Creek members, tickets at Jovis Coffee in Montrose, or at the door, 497-3230.

• A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols by Page & Jefferson, First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir sixth annual free Christmas concert and sing-a-long with guests Grand Valley Woodwind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., 270-7989.

• Jack-n-Jill, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive, ages 21 plus, 241-8888.

• Smile Empty Soul with Earshot and guest, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., $15, all ages, 241-1717.

• Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee, doors open 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., $15 adults, $8 younger than 12, tickets at Western Implement, Murdoch’s in Clifton and at the door, 263-5700,

• Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus Holiday Concert, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Mantey Heights Nursing Home, 2825 Patterson Road, 242-2657.

• Rock for Food with Stench and Friends, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Garlic Mikes, 103 Rose Lane, Montrose, take canned food items, 249-4381.

• Brewing Something Better Benefit for Light Gives Heat, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade, black tie event with music by The Tonettes, Shea Bramer, Chris Putnam, Rob Labig, John Handley, Jordan Carls, Carrington Schaeffer and Seth Schaeffer, $29, 877-434-8497,

• Music Students Winter Recital, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Moss Performing Arts Center, Choir Room, Mesa State College, 1231 N. 12th St., musicians from the Sera Schools Music Program, voice, guitar, violin and piano, 343-0819.

• Winter Rock Fest featuring rock, punk and ska bands, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., $10, all ages, 241-1717.

• Jack-n-Jill, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Enzo’s Pizzeria, 759 Horizon Drive, 255-8500.

• Desert Moon, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, The Livery, 215 Main St., Palisade, 464-5449.

• Christmas Carol — Festival of Carols, Western Colorado Chorale, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, Moss Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall, Mesa State College, 1231 N. 12th St., $18 adults, $16 ages 65 and older, $5 students, 243-6787, 462-3743,

• Bad Karma Kings with Tin Horn Prayer and Lizzie Huffmen, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., $5 all ages, 241-1717.

• Jeri Arbaney, singer/guitarist, Advent Mini-Concert, 12:10–12:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fifth and Palmer, Delta, 874-9485, 874-9489.

• Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22, Tenacious Brothers Pub, 118 S. Seventh St., 242-9282.


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