April 29, 2010
Writer: Writer: Andy Cargal
Brigham Young University-Idaho is pleased to present an inaugural concert featuring it's newly acquired Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, Saturday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.
Plans to purchase the piano have been in the works for more than two years. Through the generous donations of more than 1,300 benefactors, the Eliza R. Snow Society for the Performing and Visual Arts (an organization established to help students develop their talents) was able to fund the entire purchase for the $150,000 piano. BYU-Idaho is the only educational institution in Idaho with a Hamburg Steinway. The university also owns two other Steinway pianos, which are 25 and 35 years old.
"A Hamburg Steinway is quality and will last a very long time. We believe this wonderful instrument will draw people to come and perform, and perhaps even draw some to attend school at BYU-Idaho. This wouldn't have happened without the support of many individuals who saw the benefit to the university and its students," said Cecile Christensen, Eliza R. Snow Society president.
Everyone is invited to this inaugural concert. Admission is free, and best dress is required. Students and faculty who study and teach piano performance will conduct the concert.