Steinway display a celebration of public investment
MEMBERS of the Wangaratta community were treated to a musical evening on Wednesday as they watched talented pianists Ruby Lowe and Tim Wong play selections by Sonny Chua, Christopher Norton, Scott Joplin, and Mozart sonatas on the city’s Steinway piano.
The piano, an investment made by the Wangaratta community more than 50 years ago, is being celebrated in a display at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Conventions Centre.
A selection of the original hammers from the city’s Steinway piano have been framed in a display that will tell the story of the priceless instrument.
The hammers are from the middle four octaves and were preserved after maintenance of the piano.
The Steinway Model D Concert grand piano was purchased in 1963 for £ 3000 as a partnership between the City of Wan- garatta and the Wangaratta Arts Council, and was then insured for $250,000 in 2010.
The framing represents yet another partnership between the Wangaratta Arts Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta, with the arts council paying for the framing of the hammers, with the work carried out by Marc Bongers.
The framed hammers will now adorn the pink wall near Intermezzo Café in the WPAC upper foyer.
BIG HIT: The original hammers of the city’s Steinway piano were unveiled to the public on Wednesday night as a hanging art piece by Marc Bongers (left), with Mayor Ken Clarke and WPAC president Susan Robertson.