Performance to highlight all-Steinway campaign
Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:06 pm
The Messenger 10.06.10
A campaign to become an all-Steinway school will be announced and a performance to celebrate the arrival of the newest Steinway pianos is planned on Friday at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The pianos will arrive at 11 a.m. and faculty, staff and students from the Department of Music, as well as campaign donors, will be present as the pianos are delivered and assembled in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center.
At 5 p.m., a brief program is planned, followed by a performance of Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano” by Dr. Elaine Harriss, Department of Music interim chair, and UT Martin students. Both events are free and open to the public.
UT Martin is set to become one of more than 110 conservatories, colleges and universities worldwide and the third public institution in Tennessee with the distinction as an all-Steinway institution. Students in these institutions perform and are taught only on Steinway pianos.
During the past seven years, the UT Martin Department of Music has returned nine of the university’s Steinway seven-foot grand pianos to “like new” condition. A nine-foot Steinway D and a Steinway Boston were purchased during 2009-10. The Steinway D was signed by Henry E. Steinway and housed in Carnegie Hall for five years as part of the Steinway and Sons Concert and Artists Program.
The replacement of 18 faculty studio and practice room uprights would need to be purchased to complete the project that is being funded entirely by private donations.