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Music professors choose piano from New York City

By Abbigail Overfelt
News Editor

On April 18, the music department showcased their new Steinway-grand piano in Moore Hall’s auditorium with an informal piano recital featuring duo pianists Elizabeth and Jonathan Maisonpierre.

The two, who are also faculty in the music department, were able to choose the piano from a Steinway showroom in New York City.

They traveledwith a few music students and music department chair Dr. Janita Byers.

Lecturer Jonathan Maisonpierre said that he was very grateful to the Chancellor and dean for the opportunity as it was an experience neither he, Elizabeth, nor the students that traveled with them would forget.

He said it was difficult to choose because the pianos looked mostly alike.

However, after playing for a few hours or more, they were able to realize the subtle tone differences between each.

The duo played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach and arranged by Myra Hess.

The performance received much applause from the audience, most of whom listened with their eyes closed or followed along with their own hands.

The two also played “Fantasie in F minor” by Franz Schubert, which the two have been playing for 34 years, according to Professor Elizabeth Maisonpierre.

She encouraged students not to retire a piece that they have fallen in love with.

“You can continue to play it for the rest of your lives,” she said.


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