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Sept. 12, 2007
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EMU's music program kicks off fundraising initiative with special Steinway piano performance

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University hopes to hit the right chord with donors as it kicks off the university’s All-Steinway School Initiative, a $2-million campaign that eventually will put a Steinway piano in every major concert venue on campus and in EMU’s music classrooms, practice rooms and teaching studios.

“The prestige of the All-Steinway School designation will garner a great deal of national and international recognition for the institution as a whole,” said David O. Woike, head of the department of music and dance.

To kick off the initiative, the department will host a free concert as part of the Steinway & Sons Legendary Pianos Tour, Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m., at EMU’s Pease Auditorium.

EMU faculty pianist Joel Schoenhals will perform for the first time as a Steinway Artist, a designation awarded for outstanding musical performance achievement. He will perform works by Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, Schubert and American composer George Gershwin.

Schoenhals will perform on three legendary Steinway pianos: Vladimir Horowitz's concert grand, crafted in the early 1940's, which accompanied him on his historic 1986 Russian tour and was played by him on his final album, Horowitz, The Last Recording; a concert grand owned by Van Cliburn; and a brilliant blue 7-foot Rhapsody artcase piano designed in American art-deco style by acclaimed furniture designer Frank Pollaro to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American composer George Gershwin's birth.

Guests are invited to come on stage following the performance to view the piano.

Founded in 1853, Steinway & Sons is known for its superior workmanship and revolutionary designs. The firm, which is based in New York, crafts approximately 5,000 pianos a year worldwide.




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