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Year of the Piano

August 2010


Through thoughtful gifts from generous donors, the university has received a 9-foot, Yamaha concert grand piano with a Disklavier system. A Disklavier is a digital play/record system developed exclusively by Yamaha and coveted among composers, performers and students alike.

"It's an exciting day for St. Ambrose," said Music Department chair, Bill Campbell, when the piano was being delivered in July to Madsen Hall. "This is an investment for a long, long period, and we've made a good one with this particular piano."

A custom-built instrument, the piano uses fiber optic technology that allows the pianist to record what they play and then listen. Click here to read about the piano's other features.

To celebrate this unique piano, the St. Ambrose Music Department is hosting Year of the Piano. Throughout the 2010-11 academic year, several pianists will be invited to play the concert grand piano, and the performances will be free and open to the public. A listing of performances – all in Madsen Hall – is below:

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
SanTrapp Piano Duo presents Schubert's Fantasy in F and other four-hand masterworks. Performed by music professors and pianists Deborah Sanborne and Joan Trapp.

Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary keyboardist Shana Kirk and George Litterst – Disklavier specialist and renowned pianist – will perform classical works. Litterst also will give demonstrations on the piano's 21st century capabilities.

Sunday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.
Russian pianist and University of Iowa Professor of Piano Ksenia Nosikova performs

Sunday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m.
Chicago area pianist and teacher Mark Valenti presents a varied program on early 20th Century music.

Monday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
SAU piano students will perform compositions by three composers celebrating their 200th birthdays in 2010 (Schumann and Chopin) and 2011 (Lizst).

Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
A celebratory concert and CD release of contemporary compositions written and performed by Bill Campbell.

For more information

Bill Campbell, 563/333-6145

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