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School of Music to officially welcome new piano with Nov. 11 dedication concert in Recital Hall

October 30, 2012
The NIU School of Music’s new Hamburg Steinway.

The NIU School of Music’s new Hamburg Steinway.

This summer saw several changes to the piano inventory at the NIU School of Music.

One of the finest changes arrived in the form of a Hamburg Steinway Model C, which became available in Chicago in July. The piano faculty went to try it and quickly fell in love with the instrument.

Carla W. Montgomery, retired NIU faculty member and former associate dean of the Graduate School, learned of the opportunity and explained she was a piano accompanist for her choirs in school and understood the impact a great piano has on the performances of pianists and their musical collaborators. With a few strokes of a pen, she changed impossible to possible, and immediate “”arrangements were made.

After a harrowing ride on end atop the elevator leaving its old home – not the recommended method! – it has now arrived at NIU.

In celebration and thanks, the NIU School of Music piano faculty and select students will present a dedication concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Recital Hall.

Selected pieces to be performed will be Liszt’s “La Campanella,” Debussy’s “Petite Suite” (movement), a Sonata for 2 pianos (a movement) by Mozart, three jazz etudes by Oscar Peterson, “Love Song of Kan Ding” and “Spring Dance” by Grieg (movements from “Holberg Suite”), and a few movements from Saint Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.”

The recital is free and open to the public, and the recital hall is accessible to all. The Music Building is located at 300 Lucinda DeKalb.

For more information, call (815) 753-1546 or email [email protected].