Music Department to present Steinway Student Gala Recital
JONESBORO – The Department of Music will present a Steinway Student Gala Recital on Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall, at Arkansas State University. This concert is free and open to the public.
This special contribution program showcasing A-State students has been created to inspire donors to be part of the great legacy of arts patronage and the A-State All-Steinway Piano Campaign, according to Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, associate professor of music.
“Steinways represent the longstanding commitment to excellence that the craftspeople, musicians, and patrons aspired to throughout the history of music,” Clark said. “As we move forward with our All-Steinway Initiative, we hope that this experience demonstrates the importance of having Steinway pianos as an integral part of our music program. Many generous donors have already contributed to the initiative, but we are still in the fundraising stage. Additional donations are welcomed.”
Student soloists include William Kazyak of Manila, Yuta Nishimura of Kanagawa, Japan and Zixiao “Sean“ Ye of Fujian, China. Students playing piano duets and ensembles include Demetri Bruner of Salem, C. J. Fortune of Cherokee Village, Hu Yao of Nanchang, China, Barrett Kelly of Walnut Ridge and Yi Bao of Wulumuqi, China.
A-State has developed a national prominence in several areas already. With the assistance of a relatively small investment, the foundational support can be provided to bring our music program to the same prominence, Clark added.
“Steinways are more economical in the long run, as they never need to be replaced. Instead, they are rebuilt as necessary, making this a one-time project. Tone quality and instrument feel are crucial in music. Having Steinway pianos lets our students train on the same pianos found in competitions and professional performance venues around the world.”
Most of the work in a music school takes place in the practice rooms, teaching studios, and rehearsal rooms. It is necessary to have high quality equipment in all of these places where piano play. “Owning Steinway pianos is an investment in excellence -- a commitment to be the best,” she continued.
For more information about making a gift to the All-Steinway Piano Campaign at Arkansas State University, one may contact Anthony Coleman, director of development, at (870) 972-3632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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