Grand per­former moves

Pi­ano gets pur­pose built home

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The Blueth­ner grand pi­ano, which has a star­ring role in most con­certs or­gan­ised by the South Waikato Mu­sic So­ci­ety, has been moved.

What’s more it is in a pur­pose­built au­di­to­rium for the first time in its 35-year life.

The pi­ano was shifted in late Septem­ber from the tim­ber mu­seum to The Plaza.

The move was car­ried out with help from Van Dyks who gave the so­ci­ety free use of a truck and sev­eral staff for the shift. Also help­ing with the heavy lift­ing were sev­eral Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents.

The pi­ano started its life in the Tim­ber­lands Ho­tel, Toko­roa, af­ter the newly formed Toko­roa Mu­sic So­ci­ety bought it in 1975.

Moved in 1977 to the Toko­roa High School hall, it was shifted again in 1991 to the Toko­roa Bap­tist Church.

In 1994 the now re­named South Waikato Mu­sic So­ci­ety moved the pi­ano to the New Zealand Tim­ber Mu­seum.

Van Dyks did the move then too.

South Waikato District Coun­cil has helped fund the pi­ano’s new stor­age area in the the­atre.

The Plaza, which is a mul­ti­pur­pose arts and en­ter­tain­ment venue, will now be­come the home of the Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s con­certs.

Other groups can also ask per­mis­sion to use the pi­ano so in its new lo­ca­tion it should be more ac­ces­si­ble as an as­set to the com­mu­nity.

The so­ci­ety is cel­e­brat­ing the move with a con­cert this Fri­day night fea­tur­ing two young cel­lists from Waikato Uni­ver­sity who are trav­el­ling to Bei­jing this month to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Pro­ceeds from the con­cert will help fund their ex­penses.

HEAVE HO: Van Dyks’ staff and Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents carry a grand pi­ano out of the tim­ber mu­seum.

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