Stein­way dis­play a cel­e­bra­tion of pub­lic in­vest­ment

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Rural Roundup -

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.

PHOTO: Leah An­der­son-Byrne

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.

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