What do you do when you find a $300,000 Steinway piano from 1893 in a community hall cupboard? You play it, of course! That's what happened Saturday, Jan 23rd at the Gaiety Theater in Wairoa, New Zealand, after American-born jazz pianist David Paquette was asked to arrange a concert in the small New Zealand town, but needed a piano for the event. Told by the town council that there was an old piano hidden away in the community hall, Paquette did not expect to find a barely-used 8 ft. grand intended for concert hall use.
The Apple Watch may not be regarded as a technological breakthrough by everyone, but the company certainly has jazzed up its commercials to make it seem so. As of late, Wu-Tang's RZA takes to a Steinway & Sons piano in the recent "Play" commercial.
Not quite tech talk but pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, has unveiled a "radically different" piano that is a contender against some of the highest quality grand pianos on the market. As such, Barenboim's creation will add a new design to an otherwise traditional landscape.
A grand piano is more than just an instrument or ornament, it's of a room and space all its own. And for that space on 57th Street near Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and main showroom for Steinway & Sons pianos, will close its doors on the historic location and move elsewhere.