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Dec. 5: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Dedicates Six New Steinway Grand Pianos on Dec. 7


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Dedicates
Six New Steinway Grand Pianos on Dec. 7

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music will dedicate six new Steinway grand pianos in a ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, in the Kresge Recital Hall.  The event includes remarks by Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music, as well as a performance on the pianos by faculty members Sergey Schepkin and Enrique Graf and their students.

"Grand pianos are the backbone of any school of music, and Steinway is the pre-eminent builder of these fine instruments," Zahler said. "To teach and perform, students and faculty need to have the best tools possible.  With these instruments, we rededicate ourselves to making great music and to continuing our relationship with Steinway as one of only 50 schools, internationally, to be designated an All-Steinway School."

The pianos, which are in faculty studios, the Alumni Concert Hall and the recording studio, were made possible in part by a special endowed presidential fund from the Hillman Foundation. The pianos were hand-selected by Zahler and piano faculty Hanna Wu Li and Schepkin at the Steinway factory in New York City.

At the dedication event, noted Bach pianist Schepkin will play Bach's Italian Concerto. A former top-prize winner at the William Kapell competition, Graf will play Mendelssohn's Opus 54 variations. Students in solo, duo, trio and quartet groups will perform a smorgasbord of piano music from composers such as Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt to Barber, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff and Milhaud. The program represents the versatility, poetry and grandeur of the piano as developed by several centuries of musical imagination.

The annual holiday concert with Robert Page conducting the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and choirs precedes the dedication at noon in the University Center's Rangos Ballroom.