Events at Jacobs Music



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The Curtis Institute 

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Happy 90th Birthday Curtis Institute

Jacobs Music congratulates the Curtis Institute on its 90th birthday!  Read about The Curtis Institute in the Winter 2015 issue of The Steinway Chronicle. 



Vladimir Horowitz CD503 event 10-5-14

Students' Concert on The Vladimir Horowitz Piano - Sunday, October 5, 2014

An extraordinary event! Student pianists Hazel Musto, Dongheng Xu, Kebo Zhang, Shyam Natarajan, Jessican Shen, Ethan Lee, Stanley DeLage, Katherine Xu and Shane vanNeerden all performed exceptionally well on The Horowitz Piano. Their selections were compositions closely associated with pianist Vladimir Horowitz, in celebration of the maestro's 111th birthday, and played on his personal Steinway & Sons Model "D" 9-foot Concert Grand piano #CD503.


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Tri-County Concerts 72nd Annual Youth Festival

June, 2014: Jacobs Music continues to be a proud sponsor of this annual event. Winners received awards at Montgomery County Community College in Bluebell, PA



Make Music Philly 2014

Make Music Philly 2014 - "Jazz At Jacobs"

June, 2014: Jacobs Music Philadlephia was once again the focal point of live jazz performances by local pianists at the Second Annual Make Music Philly Event, held on the Summer Solstice each year across the globe in more than 500 cities. The media covered this event in a big way, following the success of last year's Make Musc Philly event at Jacobs Music.

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Make Music Philly 2014 - "Jazz at Jacobs" with pianists Dave Posmontier, Tim Brey, Lucas Brown, Bob Cohen and Jacobs Music Artist-in-Residence Andy Kahn. The All-Star Jazz Trio (pianist Andy Kahn, drummer Bruce Klauber, bassist Bruce Kaminsky and guest guitarist Jimmy Bruno)



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Louis Anthony deLise holds course in Songwriting

March, 2014: Composer, producer Lous Anthony deLise presents a lecture on the aspects of publishing songs for aspiring composers and lryicists at Jacobs Music Steinway Selection Center Philadelphia



 Andy Kahn - Peggy King Hill School

 Steinway Model "D" Inaugural Concert at The Hill School

January, 2014: Jacobs Music Artist-in-Residence Andy Kahn and Hollywood veteran vocalist Peggy King perform onstage of Center For The Arts at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. This marvelous instrument was donated to the school by one of its alumnus.


Kimmel Center

The Annual Steinway & Sons Kimmel Center Event

November, 2013: Special selection of Steinway & Sons pianos offered at this extraordinary annual event held onstage at The Kimmel Center.

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Barbara Thompson - Moravian


Barbara Thompson from Moravian College at Kimmel Center

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Family at Kimmel

Another Steinway sold at Kimmel Center

November, 2013: The joy experienced by a famiy acquiring a Steinway & Sons piano is unsurpassed!


Kebboard Mania

Benefit Concert for Kimberton Waldorf School Steinway Restoration Fund

November, 2013: Colonial Theatre in Phoenxiville, PA



Peter Nero Final performance

Jacobs Music salutes Peter Nero and his final performance with The Philly Pops

October, 2013: Maestro Peter Nero's last performance as conductor of The Philly Pops.



Moravian College All Steinway

Moravian College goes All-Steinway!

September, 2013: Moravian College hits their goal of becoming an ALL-STEINWAY SCHOOL!



McLaughlin - Davis CH

Touring The Ivories in Cherry Hill

August, 2013 : Michele McLaughlin and Scoot D. Davis perform live at Jacobs Music in Cherry Hill.


 Pops on Independence #1

Philly Pops on Independence Day 2013

Chief Staff Steinway Technician Greg Sikora prepares a Steinway Concert Grand piano for Peter Nero and The Philly Pops on Independence Day, July 4, 2013.

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Tri-Country Concerts

Tri-County Concerts Youth  Festival

July, 2013: Piano participants in the Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival. Jacobs Music is honored to support this superb musical event.


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 Make Music Philly 2013 at Steinway Recital Hall - Jacobs Music Philadelphia

Philadelphia veteran pianist Ted Gerike shows everyone that he can SWING with the best of them!


Make Music Philly 2013

Make Music Philly Premier Event " Jazz at Jacobs" 2013

Philadelphia's first "Make Music Philly" event, a musical celebration honoring the Summer Solstice, held in hundreds of cities throughout the planet on the longest day of the year, featured a lineup of some of the city's world-class jazz piano soloists. Even Jacobs Music Company's Chairman Al Rinaldi got into the act during this free, citywide musical extravaganza!


Make Music Philly 2013 #2

Jazz Pianist Dom Chicchetti, Bassist Andy Lalasis and Midi-Accordionist Al Rinaldi perform during the first "Make Music Philly - Jazz at Jacobs Day" to a SRO crowd at Jacobs Music's Steinway Recital Hall.





Peter Nero 

 Philly Pops Maestro Peter Nero

June, 2013: Pianist/Conductor Peter Nero visits the Jacobs Music Lawrenceville, NJ showroom and tries out a few Steinway & Sons grand pianos for size!




Musicopia Benefit

Classical and Jazz Benefit Concert for Musicopia

June, 2013: Jacobs Music is proud to have been a lead sponsor of an extraordinary benefit concert for Musicopia, the organization committed to bringing music programs back to educational institutions. This sold-out concert featured vocalist Paula Johns and her jazz trio, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra pianist Hanchien Lee, and The All-Star Jazz Trio (Jacobs Music Artist-in-Residence pianist Andy Kahn, drummer/journalist Bruce Klauber and bassist/educator Bruce Kaminsky.)



Hill School Model D

Steinway & Sons Model "D" 9 foot Concert Grand Piano for The Hill School in Pottstown, PA

May, 2013: A select group of individuals from The Hill School in Pottstown, PA traveled to the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, Queens, New York to select their new Steiniway Model "D" for the stage in their wonderful Center For The Arts facility on campus. This piano was a gift to the school from a 1967 alumnus who generously donated the entire purchase price for this glorious new instrument!




Settlement Music School

Settlement Music School's 105 Year Gala Event

Jacobs Music has long supported Philadlephia's Settlement Music School, an All-Steinway institution. We congratulate Settlement for the fine work they continue to do in preparing students on every level of scholastic musical education.




Diana Krall

Jazz and Great-American Songbook performer Diana Krall

April, 2013: Steinway Performing Artist Diana Krall appeared at The Borgata Casino/Hotel in Atlantic City. Jacobs Music provided the instrument upon which Ms. Krall performed. Joining her is Jacobs Music Lawrenceville Manager Randy Brown.



Children Helping Children

Jacobs Music supports "Children Helping Children" Program

April, 2013: Jacobs Music Steinway Selection Center participates in the "Children Helping Children Perform-A-Thon"



Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald Charity Telethon

March, 2013: Jacobs Music of Cherry Hill is honbored to be a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald Charities and their ongoing commitment to assisting Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Selection Center Grand Opening

Jacobs Music opens Steinway Selection Center at its flagship 1718 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA location

March, 2013: The long-awaited Steinway Selection Center of Philadelphia is unveiled at Jacobs Music Company. Those interested in acquiring a fine, Steinway piano will now have a huge selection of new and used instruments, superbly crafted, engineered and manufactured by this world-famous maker. 




Steinway 160

Steinway & Sons (1853) & Jacobs Music (1900) celebrate their combined 273 years of making Beautiful Music!




DiLoreto & Kromelow - Beatles 

Dual pianists to perform music of The Beatles at Jacobs Music

March 2013: New York pianists Angelo Di Loreto and Adam Kromelow will present a two-piano concert featuring music of The Beatles. The artists will perform together in their well-crafted renditoins of compositions by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.



Jeremy Gill - Mimi Stillman

Jeremy Gill & Mimi Stillman to perform at Jacobs Music Philadelphia

Feb, 2013: Composer/Conductor Jeremy Gill and Flutist Mimi Stillman perform and discuss the music of George Rochberg in a special musical presentation at the Steinway Recital Hall of Jacobs Music Company.



 Richard Goode Master Class

Pianist Richard Goode to conduct Master Class at Jacobs Music Philadelphia

In Jan 2013, reknowned piano artist Richard Goode held an outstanding Master Class in the Steinway Recital Hall of Jacobs Music Company.


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 Vladimir Horowitz Piano visits Jacobs Music

The historic Steinway & Sons 9 foot concert grand piano that belonged to legendary pianist Vladimir Horwitz, a superb piano which also toured the world with him, paid a visit to Jacobs Music of Philadelphia. While on display, a special event was scheduled, allowing teachers and students to interact with this extraordinary instrument. Taking cues from a concert Horowitz performed in Paris on June 3, 1932, each Liszt and Chopin composition in that event's repertoire was recreated by a different piano student, performed at this unique recital held on the same date, exactly 80 years later. The program began with attendees viewing an excerpt from an earlier CBS 60 Minutes television episode, with commentator Mike Wallace intereviewing the affable Maestro and his charismatic wife, Wanda Toscanini Horwitz, daughter of legendary orchestra conductor Arturo Toscanini.


Simon Mulligan Presents a Piano Master Class

British artist, Simon Mulligan, presented a master piano class with some of Lehigh Valley's most talented young musicians. The intimate setting of the master class will permit piano enthusiasts to have a close-up experience with the interpersonal dynamics that occur between a legendary artist and highly promising young pianists.

Students from the Lehigh Valley, representing Cedar Crest College and Kutztown University, will perform and Mulligan will share artistic and technical insights drawn from his decades of concert experiences. ArtScene for February 7 2012

Yamaha Remote Live!

Thanks to Yamaha Disklavier RemoteLive technology, musical artists, educators and audiences are connecting in ways previously unimaginable.  Yamaha RemoteLive enables a pianist to perform in one location and have his or her exact keystrokes and pedal movements transmitted live and in real time to other networked Yamaha Disklavier pianos anywhere in the world.  Combining perfectly synchronized video and audio plus MIDI broadcast from a single location to multiple locations, Yamaha Disklavier RemoteLive is redefining how piano performance and education is shared and experienced.

Steinway Society of So. Jersey Presents Konstantinos Papadakis

The Steinway Society of South Jersey presents Konstantinos Papadakis in a classical piano recital, Sunday afternoon, February 12, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the intimate Recital Hall of Jacobs Music Company, in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Born in Greece, this prize-winning pianist has been described by the press as a “spontaneous, honest artist”.   Papadakis will  recent music composed in four centuries at his Jacobs Music concert, with pieces from Scarlatti in the 18th Century, through Chopin and Strauss in the 19th, to Debussy in the 20th and a 2005 piece by American Robert Maggio.

Papadakis has performed in recitals and concert halls in countries around the world including Russia, Southern Europe, Canada and the United States.

Yamaha Piano Diary App for Iphone and Ipad

Yamaha has developed this app as a tool to both motivate and enhance daily piano practice and performance by students, intermediate players and advanced hobbyists alike.  Compatible with any MIDI instrument, such as the Yamaha Clavinova, it's designed to help users manage, archive and share piano performances.  Piano Diary is available for download on the iTunes App Store.  Yamaha's Piano Diary enables users to record performances, monitor practice time, upload performances to YouTube and carry their performances anywhere.  The App's recording functionality lets users record daily performances for later playback to their keyboard, either for listening/critiquing or to perform as a duet with themselves.

An "Enchanted Piano" Performs on Chestnut Street in the Windows of Jacobs Music Company

It’s like the “old days” when holiday display windows came to “life” for all passersby to enjoy. 

In the heart of the Philadelphia shopping district, in the front window at Jacobs Music Company, a Yamaha grand piano performs “magically” with no one on the keyboard! It will be controlled by guests and Pennsylvania Ballet’s beautifully-costumed Sugarplum Fairy from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.  All will love experiencing the newest high-tech “player piano” called PNO-mation and selecting their favorite music using an app on an iPad or iPhone.

Piano Professor Ingrid Clarfield presented Master Class for Students at Jacobs Music Company - Lawrenceville, NJ

On Saturday, December 4, 2011, Professor Ingrid Clarfield, known nationwide for her vibrant style of teaching, presented a Master Class to a sold-out crowd in the Recital Hall of Jacobs Music Company in Lawrenceville, NJ. It was a benefit for the Damien Dixon Memorial Piano Scholarship. Clarfield, author as well as Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, worked with several students.

For followers of Clarfield’s career, the event was an opportunity to applaud the pianist’s tenacious fight back to teaching after a debilitating stroke four years ago. The story of Clarfield’s commitment to her health, her music and her students is the subject of an inspirational new documentary entitled “Take A Bow,” which traces Clarfield’s recovery. 



This unique presentation of Steinway pianos takes at The Kimmel on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday November 6, from noon to 5 p.m.  The hand crafted Steinway & Sons piano as well Steinway’s lower priced Essex and Boston pianos will all be available in  upright and grand piano styles priced from  $5,000 to $130,000. 

The Steinway Piano, the piano by which all other pianos are judged, is the choice of 98% of pianists performing with major symphony orchestras.  Now, the discriminating customer who recognizes the true value  of quality, can acquire their Steinway  in this prestigious setting and select from amongst dozens of Steinway pianos in all sizes including hand-carved limited edition art cases, exotic wood cabinetry and classic ebony, each a hand-crafted work of art renowned for both exceptional tone and beauty.

Lang Lang to play on two Steinway and Sons 9' Grands at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

While choosing which of two pianos to play, Lang Lang (left) talks in Verizon Hall with Greg Sikora, head concert technician for Steinway and Jacobs Music. The pianist decided to use both.


Jacobs Music Company at McCarter Theatre

Dozens of new, pre-owned and authentically resotred Steinway & Sons pianos graced the stage of McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ September 23 - 25.


24 Steinway pianos from Jacobs Music Company being delivered to the new Lenfest Hall at Curtis Institute of Music!

Arriving by trucks, these Steinways will receive very
special handling by four expert piano movers delivering from Jacobs Music Company,
who are trained in exacting techniques.   All in all, 24 new Steinway pianos were
ordered from Jacobs Music Company. 20 are being delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The order includes upright verti-grand pianos and 5’7”, 5’10 ½ , 7’ and 9’
grands. The total value is around $1.4 million.

Curtis Music School Expanding With New Dorms ... - CBS Philly


JACOBS MUSIC COMPANY SPONSORS The Princeton Festival’s fourth annual Piano Competition for Young Musicians

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By Community News Staff Six talented young artists were named winners in the
finals of The Princeton Festival's fourth annual Piano Competition for
Young Musicians on Saturday, June 25, at the Clark Music Center at The
Lawrenceville School. ...  For full article link: Young musicians excel at Princeton Festival's Piano



Playing In The Street

Chestnut Street used to be called Piano Row. Today, there’s only Jacobs Music Company, area rep for Steinway & Sons. They're a sponsor of "Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow," a competition involving 250 young people aged 5 to 25, presented by the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford. One of the winners, Jacob Adler, plays a Steinway on the sidewalk outside the Jacobs storefront, to promote a concert by all the winners Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.



Mark Love of Jacobs Music of Philadelphia welcomes guests to Jacobs' new recital hall on Chestnut Street where Jacobs hosted Settlement Music School's ...
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By: KRISTEN COPPOCK Burlington County Times

MOUNT LAUREL - Music has always been a part of Al Rinaldi's life. It's been a source of entertainment and comfort, as well as a means of survival. At age 73, the lifelong musician has recorded his first solo album in celebration of his passion for the art form, as well as the family he has never known. "Ciao Bella" is a combination of classic Italian songs and Latin jazz, and features world-class musicians from around the globe. "I always had interest in making an Italian CD," Rinaldi said by phone from Lighthouse Point, Fla. "I have no real contact with my heritage." A musician and businessman, the Mount Laurel resident never knew his father and was abandoned by his mother at only nine months old. Left to fend for himself, Rinaldi crawled to a neighbor's apartment. He eventually was taken in by an Irish woman who relied on public assistance. Read more >

Al Rinaldi and Gabrielle Rinaldi with piano soloist Vivian Wang. Jacobs Music sponsored the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra concert on November 20, 2010 at Symphony Hall, Allentown with Vivian Wang as piano soloist in the Mozart Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, and Allan Birney (founder and musical director) as conductor.

Music store owner releases his first album.
By Joan Gallager, Staff writer, The Trentonian.

Al Rinaldi, the owner of Jacobs Music Co. in Lawrenceville, is the consummate music man: He sells pianos, plays and Ita;ian accordion in a Florida nightspot, and hosts hundreds of recitals yearly to showcase young musicians. Now, the 73 year old Mt. Laurel resident who owns six Jacobs Music Co. stores here and in Cherry Hill, Philadelphi, Allentown and Willow Grove, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., has produced his first CD album, "Ciao, Bella" - which is "Hello Beautiful" in Italian. Read more >


Dozens of new, pre-owned and restored Steinway & Sons pianos


Once, 13 piano merchants graced Philadelphia's "Piano Row," which extended along Chestnut Street from 6th Street to 23rd Street. Today, only one survives from that historic era, occupying a handsome art-deco storefront built in 1937. Jacobs Music was founded in 1900, the same year that the Philadelphia Orchestra came into existence. Back then, in the days before the invention of television, the cost of a first-class stamp was two cents. Jump to 2014, and see that one thing hasn't changed: Jacobs is still selling pianos. Walking by Jacobs Music's historic building at 1718 Chestnut St., you might be lucky enough to hear the beautiful music that's being played inside, brightening up your day!

"Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street," wrote songwriter Dorothy Fields, in her 1930 lyrics. That's where Jacobs Music is, and that's where the pianos are - all four floors containing some of the world's finest. Step inside this Philadelphia landmark, and it wouldn't be unusual to find a renowned concert pianist or aspiring artist practicing on a Steinway grand piano that would then be delivered to his or her performance.Read more >