EMU launches Steinway campaign with showing of special documentary film and a piano performance at Michigan Theater on Sept. 23

Film shows the intricate yet exciting process of making a Steinway concert grand piano; students, faculty to perform after film

by Geoff Larcom, Published September 11, 2012

A special film and performance event at one of Ann Arbor's most distinct venues is set to help Eastern Michigan University launch a campaign to purchase Steinway pianos that will be used in training future performers and music educators.


EMU student Trang Vo will perform at the Michigan Theater on Sept. 23 with other students and EMU music faculty members.

The EMU Department of Music and Dance and the EMU Foundation will present the film, "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" at 2 p.m. on September 23 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The superb, feature-length independent documentary follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand piano from forest floor to concert hall.

After the film, the actual L1037 concert grand piano from the documentary will be present in the lobby of the theater, and EMU faculty and students will perform. Performers will include Trang Vo, 18, a first-year music major at EMU from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

For more than 150 years, the Steinway & Sons name has been linked to the world's best pianos. Steinway pianos are all individually handmade and are known for their distinct sound, lasting quality, and increasing value. 

The Steinway Campaign at EMU emphasizes the university's commitment to providing students and faculty with the finest pianos on the market, at a time when equipment needs are high. It also helps the university recruit top student musicians and build prestige in the world of arts education.

Admission for the event is $10 for adults, and $7 for EMU students, seniors, and Michigan Theater members.  All proceeds will benefit the EMU Steinway Campaign. To purchase tickets in advance, please call 734-481-2320 or visit http://www.michtheater.org/shows/note-by-note/

There will be other Steinway events throughout the year as the campaign progresses.

Those include the performances of EMU piano professor Joel Schoenhals, who will begin a four-year performance journey of all of Beethoven's 32 sonatas this year. His two concerts for this year will take place on September 21, and March 22 at 8 p.m. at Pease Auditorium on the EMU campus.

To learn more about the Steinway Campaign or to get updated information on all EMU Music & Dance events, visit http://www.emich.edu/music/ For more on Trang Vo, see http://www.emich.edu/univcomm/releases/release.php?id=1338405562



Geoff Larcom



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