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October 12, 2010 > Grand piano donated to Logan High School

Grand piano donated to Logan High School

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Thanks to the efforts of the New Haven Schools Foundation and the generosity of Tri-CED Community Recycling, a Steinway & Sons grand piano made its debut October 7 on the stage at the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts.

"At a time when finances are so difficult for California school districts because of the state budget mess, it's heartening to see a community come together the way this one has to provide something special for the high school and our district," said New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Kari McVeigh.

The New Haven Schools Foundation, with the support of Tri-CED, raised $50,000 toward the purchase of the piano at a gala to celebrate the opening of the Performing Arts Center last May. The Center - promised to New Haven voters as part of Measure A, a $120 million facilities bond passed in 2003 - features a 599-seat theater, support facilities, and an educational wing of music and drama classrooms.

Tri-CED's Board of Directors voted last month to contribute the additional $20,000 necessary to complete the purchase of the piano, a nine-foot concert grand manufactured in 1978 "and immediately selected for inclusion in the special group of pianos designated as 'Concert and Artist' pianos," according to Chris Hepp, sales director for Sherman Clay Pianos. Such pianos are used for performances by concert artists in select venues throughout the United States.

"The piano was chosen for use in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall from 1978 to 1981," Mr. Hepp said. It was later selected for the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, for international recording artist Roberta Flack and then as one of the touring pianos used by the famous piano duo Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz.

A former concert pianist, Mr. Hepp performed two works by Frederic Chopin at the recital hosted by Tri-CED to celebrate the delivery. Composer Justin Levitt also performed, presenting an original composition for the occasion.

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