Concert will dedicate new Steinway concert piano 

October 20, 2011

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will celebrate its newest addition, a Steinway and Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano, with a special dedication evening on Tuesday, Oct. 25, featuring a concert, special presentation and time with the artist.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a presentation about Steinway and Sons by Bryan Elmore, Director of Institutional Sales for Steinway Hall in Dallas. The presentation is designed to give insight to the creation process of Steinway pianos. At 6:45, the audience will have a chance to meet the performer, Dr. Richard Fountain, Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano and Wayland. Dr. Fountain will discuss his program and give his view on the new concert instrument.

At 7:30 p.m. Dr. Fountain will take center stage with the instrument. Fountain will play a number of pieces including works from Bach, Schubert and Charles Ives. The concert will also feature the premiere of Rhapsody, composed specifically for the event by Dr. Gary Belshaw, Professor of Music Composition.

The concert is a culmination of months of fundraising that made the purchase of the new concert instrument possible. The School of Music is still accepting funds to help offset the cost of purchase, but through the support of many generous donors, the majority of funds have been raised.

“Much energy and time has been devoted to raising funds for the new piano,” said Dr. Ann Stutes, Dean of the School of Music. “Tuesday’s concert will celebrate music and will honor the musicians who will benefit from performing on this new instrument for years to come.”

Fountain said the recital will be a typical recital with music representing all of the major periods of classical music. The difference, however, will be the instrumentation.

“Anyone who plays piano will be able to tell the difference between this piano and other pianos,” he said. “The reason we chose this piano over the other Steinways that we looked at is that it felt the most natural to me. I told the Steinway representative that it read my mind. It knew what kind of sound I wanted to produce with the amount of force I was putting into it.

“This will be a pretty big celebration and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Admission to the evening’s events is free and open to the public.