Pianists in concert Nov. 18 in OC

Pianists Dennis Geib and Nicholas Nasibyan will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Oil City.

“Dennis is a favorite performer on our Steinway piano and we are delighted he will be here,” said Betsy Kellner, the museum’s executive director.

Geib’s musical career began at age 5 in Franklin.  He was formally taught classical music for 12 years by the Sisters of Mercy, studied piano for three consecutive summers at the Chautauqua Institute of Music and attended Master Classes with world famous pianist Ozan March.  He has performed in countless musical venues including television, radio and at universities across the United States.  He moved to Texas in 1982 and played in many prestigious venues and churches in the Dallas Fort Worth area, including the Weisfeld Performing Arts Center, the Morton Myerson Symphony Hall and the Eisemann Center.

Returning to Franklin, Geib is the principle pianist and organist at First Church of God and organist at First Baptist Church where he orchestrates concerts in the beautiful 1904 Victorian sanctuary.  He is assisting in the renovation of Miller Auditorium at the First Baptist Church, adding a state-of-the-art sound system complete with theater lighting for future community events.

Nicholas Nasibyan is a junior at Mercyhurst University.  A student of Albert Glinsky, he is majoring in music composition and pursuing a secondary concentration on piano.  He has studied under Jean Thompson, Janet Fielding, Dennis Geib, Shirley Yoo and Nathan Hess. A native of Erie, he began his musical career at 4 years old, learning to play by ear. By the age of 7, he was featured in numerous concerts and performed for a wide variety of audiences throughout the U.S.

He is currently the organist and coordinator of liturgical music at St. Thomas and St. Elizabeth parishes in Corry.  He has also performed his works internationally, and finds his musical inspiration for his compositions from his three nationalities: Armenian, Russian and Swedish.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.  The cost is $10. More information is available by calling the museum at 676-2007.