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Sept. 22, 2004

UI Hosts National Piano Month 'Piano Extravaganza' Sept. 29-30

The University of Iowa School of Music will join with West Music Co. and famed piano maker Steinway & Sons to celebrate September as National Piano Month, presenting the second annual "Piano Extravaganza" Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 29 and 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The two-day celebration will include several performances and other events that are open to the public, free of charge:

Wednesday, September 29th:
-- 6:30 p.m., Franz Mohr, personal technician for pianists Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn and Artur Rubenstein, will give an entertaining presentation on these legendary performers and on the Steinway & Sons legacy.
-- 7:30 p.m., UI School of Music Faculty Recital, featuring Uriel Tsachor, Rene Lecuona, Ksenia Nosikova and Alan Huckleberry (reception and Franz Mohr book signing will follow).

Thursday, September 30th:
-- 6:30 p.m., Master Class, featuring the University of Iowa piano faculty and area high school students.
-- 8 p.m., Student Recital, featuring area piano students.

In addition, a special selection of Steinway pianos will be available for viewing and purchase throughout the event in the Clapp Recital Hall lobby, including unique art-case pianos shipped from Steinway Hall in New York City.

The first "Piano Extravaganza" collaboration among the UI, West Music and Steinway occurred during the summer of 2003, and was in celebration of the Steinway company's 150th anniversary. On that occasion, UI piano faculty member Rene Lecuona commented, "Steinway pianos are known for the beauty, warmth and sustaining power of their sounds. Pianos in general represent a crowning achievement of mechanical ingenuity and Steinway pianos in particular are the most refined example of this captivating instrument."

Steinway pianos have a long and 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 Piano Extravaganza, contact Kirk Davis at West Music, at 319-351-2000/1-800-373-2000, or More information on Steinway pianos can be found on the company's web page, at

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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