The STEINWAY SPIRIO performs at the KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

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We at Jacobs Music were proud to participate in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s wonderful Rachmaninoff Festival last weekend. The Steinway Spirio took center stage in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza prior to each evening’s performance and on stage in Verizon Hall during the Rachmaninoff Trilogy plays which preceded each evening’s performance. Congratulations to both pianists, Nikolai Lugansky and Haochen Zhang who between them brilliantly performed all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos over the course of the three day festival and to the magnificent Philadelphia Orchestra and all of the musicians who participated in this outstanding event.

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Andy Kahn presented a wonderful “Introduction to Jazz Harmony” on April 29th, using examples from the Great American Songbook.

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He discussed how American standard songs became the foundation for swing and jazz, and he performed on the new STEINWAY SPIRIO. We thank our guests for participating and send our appreciation to Andy Kahn, for such a great program!

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NEWS FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD CONFERENCE GOING ON NOW.

Jacobs Music Chief Concert Technician and Vice President Greg Sikora teams up with Washington DC's finest, Rick Butler, to teach piano technicians from across the country about  the secrets of achieving the perfect touch in concert pianos.

Jacobs Music Chief Concert Technician and Vice President Greg Sikora teams up with Washington DC’s finest, Rick Butler, to teach piano technicians from across the country about  the secrets of achieving the perfect touch in concert pianos.

JACOBS MUSIC HAS A PASSION FOR AND PRACTICE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR OUR PIANO TECHNICIANS

Shown below, members of the Jacobs Music Piano Service Department take part in a master class held at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Piano Technicians Guild Conference in Harrisburg, PA.

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THE STEINWAY SPIRIO WILL MAKE ITS VERIZON HALL DEBUT AT THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA’S RACHMANINOFF FESTIVAL!

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The Steinway Spirio will make its Verizon Hall debut at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Rachmaninoff Festival during the Rachmaninoff Trilogy plays at 6:30 PM each evening prior to the Philadelphia Orchestra performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Rachmaninoff Festival
Thursday April 27 – Saturday April 29, 2017
8:00 PM – Verizon Hall

Pre-concert activities include:

  • Spirio performances on the Commonwealth Plaza Stage prior to the concert. Interact with the Steinway Spirio up close and experience this revolutionary way to enjoy live music in your own home.
  • Spirio performance on the Verizon Hall stage each evening during the Rachmaninoff Trilogy plays at 6:30 PM

https://philorch.org/concert/rachmaninoff-festival/#/

 

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Steinway Announces New Art Case Grand Piano

As reported by BROADWAYWORLD.COM

Steinway Announces New Art Case Grand PianoSteinway & Sons yesterday unveiled one of the most ambitious and finely crafted art case grand pianos ever created: the stunning “Pictures at an Exhibition” Model D concert grand by Steinway Artist Paul Wyse. Through sound and pictures, Wyse took visitors to the unveiling on a multi-dimensional journey into Modest Mussorgsky’s intricate piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition.” A concert pianist who has performed all over the world, Wyse is the first master artist in history to design, paint, and play a Steinway art case piano. This one-of-a-kind piano is available for $2.5 million.

More than four years in the making, “Pictures at an Exhibition” is the first Steinway & Sons piano inspired by a musical composition. The painted case and lid feature immortal images and personalities from Russian musical history and folklore, culminating in grand manner oil paintings adorning both sides of the massive lid. The unique and imaginative piano legs are finely crafted in the form of Baba Yaga’s hut and balance on richly cast bronze hen’s legs. Twenty-four-carat gold leaf highlights are expertly worked into the intricately detailed paintings, and the gold-plated music desk and pedals frame original rose wood keys. All this remarkable visual artwork unfolds on a majestic nine-foot Steinway Model D grand piano-itself built to exacting musical specifications and to the time-honored standards for which Steinway & Sons has been known since 1853.

“The piano has a life of its own,” said Wyse. “I wanted to use the Steinway piano to tell a story, not just of Mussorgsky’s piano suite, but of everything surrounding it…. For me it’s about capturing the mystery of the Russian soul, and all its facets; fairy tale, legend, history, and fascinating politics all come together in a dramatic and surprising way.”

“Watching the development of this piano as it has come to completion has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Ron Losby, CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments. “It is difficult to express the experience of not just seeing the visual art on the piano, but of hearing the unmistakable sound of a Steinway Model D emanate from it. When I see the result of Paul’s work combined with the impeccable work of our Steinway craftspeople…I’m very proud of what they have created.”

Paul Wyse is a globally-renowned artist and pianist. With major portraits in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Steinway Hall historic portrait collection, and the House of Commons of Canada, he is one of North America’s finest portrait painters. He holds degrees in Piano Performance from The Peabody Institute and the New England Conservatory, and has performed with leading artists around the globe. Learn more at www.wysefineart.com

For more information on the “Pictures at an Exhibition” Steinway & Sons Art Case piano, visit www.steinway.com/pictures

 

We just saw this wonderful video on WRTI’s Facebook page. On this day in 1958, the pianist Van Cliburn achieved worldwide fame when he became the first American to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. He was 23. Here he is in 1962..

Thank you WRTI for posting this video for us to find!

A TREMENDOUS ARRAY OF TALENT WAS APPARENT AT THE GREATER PRINCETON STEINWAY SOCIETY CLASSICAL COMPETITION AUDITIONS

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YOUNG PIANISTS RANGING IN AGE FROM 7 TO 18 PARTICIPATED IN THE GREATER PRINCETON STEINWAY SOCIETY’S 2017 CLASSICAL COMPETITION AUDITIONS, WHICH TOOK PLACE AT JACOBS MUSIC’S LAWRENCEVILLE LOCATION THIS MONTH.

Since 1990, scholarships won through this prestigious competition have benefited over 300 promising young piano students. The Society awards both competitive scholarships and developmental awards. The Competitive Scholarships Award Program is open to Piano students who demonstrate outstanding pianistic talent and progress while pursuing excellence in performance.

The students performed for an esteemed panel of Judges made up of Dr. Crystl Baltazar, Dr. Clipper Erickson, and Dr. Rebecca Pennington, all acclaimed pianists and educators.

A Scholarship Winners Musicale will take place on April 30, 2017, at 3:00 PM at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. http://steinwaysocietyprinceton.org/

Judges, Dr. Crystl Baltazar, Dr. Clipper Erickson, and Dr. Rebecca Pennington
Judges, Dr. Crystl Baltazar, Dr. Clipper Erickson, and Dr. Rebecca Pennington

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WE ARE PLEASED TO SHARE THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE ON THE MULTITUDE OF BENEFITS FROM EARLY MUSIC INSTRUCTION.

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