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Oct. 30, 2006

Old Capitol Museum Adds Antique Piano To Collection  

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will welcome its newest museum object - an 1878 Steinway grand piano - today, Monday, Oct. 30.

The move is scheduled to take place today, when UI Facilities Management will dismantle a window in the second-floor Senate Chamber and a crane will hoist the piano to the Senate Chamber. Officials deemed the 9-foot piano too long to bring around the reverse spiral staircase.

Carved out of burled rosewood in New York, the piano was created specially for a doctor in Burlington, Iowa. It will find permanent home in the Senate Chamber.

"The Senate Chamber was and continues to be a gathering place for many community and university groups, including music ensembles," said Old Capitol's curator Shalla Wilson. "The piano is a fitting addition to the museum's collection."

The piano will be used at events, concerts and recitals.

Noted pianist Dan Knight will be the first to play the instrument in its new home during a special concert Sunday, Nov. 5. The free performance, open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. and will last a little more than an hour. Knight will play a blend of jazz and classic pieces, including a few late-19th century works to celebrate the piano's history.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Shalla Wilson, curator, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,