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University of Iowa News Release

June 11, 2003

UI School Of Music Will Help Celebrate Anniversary Of Steinway Pianos June 22-24

The University of Iowa School of Music will collaborate with West Music to present a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the famous piano-manufacturing firm of Steinway & Sons June 22-24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

As part of the celebration, the UI School of Music will present three public events in Clapp Recital Hall Sunday, June 22:
-- 12:30 p.m., a master class featuring faculty teachers and student performers from the UI School of Music;
-- 2:15 p.m., a talk on the "behind-the-scenes" history of Steinway by Miles Chapin, great-great-grandson of Henry Steinway, the founder of Steinway & Sons; and
-- 4 p.m., a performance featuring Steinway pianos by members of the UI piano faculty.

At 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday evenings, June 23 and 24, there will be additional recitals featuring area students, educators and professional musicians, including jazz pianist and Steinway artist Dan Knight.

The UI faculty recital Sunday afternoon will feature Uriel Tsachor, Rene Lecuona, Ksenia Nosikova and Rose Chancler playing music for two to four pianists. To open the program, Tsachor and Chancler will play the first movement of Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D major. Lecuona and Nosikova will play Witold Lutoslavski's Paganini Variations for Two Pianos. All four pianists will then play a selection of original works and transcriptions for two pianos, eight hands.

Lecuona noted that the piano faculty members were happy to participate in an anniversary that is being observed around the world. "Steinway pianos are known for the beauty, warmth and sustaining power of their sounds," she said. "Pianos in general represent a crowning achievement of mechanical ingenuity and Steinway pianos in particular are the most refined example of this captivating instrument."

All events are free and open to the public. A public reception in the Clapp Recital Hall Lobby will follow the faculty concert. A selection of more than 20 Steinway & Sons pianos, shipped to Iowa City from Steinway Hall in New York City, will be on display in the Clapp Recital Hall Lobby June 22 through 24.

The UI events are part of a larger celebration of the Steinway anniversary, which has included a series of concerts in Carnegie Hall in New York. Symbolizing Steinway's preeminence in the professional piano world, the Carnegie Hall concert featured a wide variety of classical, jazz and pop artists, including Peter Cincotti, the Eroica Trio, Art Garfunkel, Gary Graffman, Herbie Hancock, Ben Heppner, Ahmad Jamal, k.d lang, Michel Legrand, Ramsey Lewis, Peter Nero, Billy Taylor, Roger Williams and Nancy Wilson.

Steinway pianos have a distinguished history. As Julie Claire Diop explained in Newsday, "Steinway was the piano of legends Anton Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz and Sergei Rachmaninoff. John Lennon composed the song 'Imagine' on a Steinway, and Billy Joel continues to perform on Steinways."

For more information on the local Steinway anniversary celebration, contact Kirk Davis at West Music, at 319-351-2000 or 1-800-373-2000. More information on Steinway pianos and the anniversary can be found on the company's web page, at

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