Steinway & Sons

Concerts at North Bethesda Gallery

Saturday, November 21

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is proud to announce the kick-off of a regional tour to showcase the personal Steinway & Sons grand piano of one of classical music’s most revered artists, Van Cliburn. The stunning Model D, Serial #443530, was a personal favorite of Cliburn’s and accompanied him to the great stages of the world for some of his most memorable performances. The piano will make appearances throughout the D.C., Northern Virginia, and Bethesda area and will be utilized in performances by music students and concert artists. The goal of the tour is to make the iconic piano available to be played by a diverse group of musicians—from young students to seasoned professionals.

Cliburn’s piano was completed in 1976 at the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, New York. It was selected into Steinway’s famed Concert & Artist piano inventory, where it received its new moniker: CD 375. It quickly became a favorite of Cliburn’s, and he purchased it for his own collection at the first opportunity. Although Van Cliburn owned many Steinway pianos, this one was played by him as much or more than any in his collection over the years.

“The tour of this piano throughout our region is very special,” said Dr. Melinda Baird, Director of Education and Community Outreach for Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. “Over the course of just a few months, so many people will have the opportunity to hear and play Cliburn’s own Steinway. We’re thrilled at the variety of musicians who will play CD 375—from internationally-renowned artists like Brian Ganz and Joseph Kalichstein, to young students at the very beginning of their careers. It’s an exceptionally unique opportunity for every participant.”

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Recitals at Tysons Gallery in McLean

See the top Virginia students in recital at Steinway Piano Gallery, McLean, VA on Van Cliburn’s Model D.

Friday, November 20th

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is proud to announce the kick-off of a regional tour to showcase the personal Steinway & Sons grand piano of one of classical music’s most revered artists, Van Cliburn. The stunning Model D, Serial #443530, was a personal favorite of Cliburn’s and accompanied him to the great stages of the world for some of his most memorable performances. The piano will make appearances throughout the D.C., Northern Virginia, and Bethesda area and will be utilized in performances by music students and concert artists. The goal of the tour is to make the iconic piano available to be played by a diverse group of musicians—from young students to seasoned professionals.

Cliburn’s piano was completed in 1976 at the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, New York. It was selected into Steinway’s famed Concert & Artist piano inventory, where it received its new moniker: CD 375. It quickly became a favorite of Cliburn’s, and he purchased it for his own collection at the first opportunity. Although Van Cliburn owned many Steinway pianos, this one was played by him as much or more than any in his collection over the years.

“The tour of this piano throughout our region is very special,” said Dr. Melinda Baird, Director of Education and Community Outreach for Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. “Over the course of just a few months, so many people will have the opportunity to hear and play Cliburn’s own Steinway. We’re thrilled at the variety of musicians who will play CD 375—from internationally-renowned artists like Brian Ganz and Joseph Kalichstein, to young students at the very beginning of their careers. It’s an exceptionally unique opportunity for every participant.”

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Van Cliburn’s Steinway Model D Exhibited at the North Bethesda Showroom

Van Cliburn’s Steinway & Sons Model D is currently being exhibited at the North Bethesda showroom October 17-24, 2015 at 11611 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda, Maryland. Visitors are invited to make an appointment to play this special piano. Each player will receive a special certificate commemorating the occasion.

The piano was built over the course of 1975-76 in the Steinway New York Factory in Astoria, New York. It was completed on May 19, 1976 and was given the serial number 443530. Like any Steinway piano at the time of manufacture, the possibilities for this piano were endless. Ultimately, it was selected into the famed Concert & Artist (C&A) inventory of pianos – setting its destiny for greatness upon the stage. With its serial number on the cast iron plate replaced with a new unique C&A identifier – CD 375 – the piano was featured on some of the great stages of the world and became a favorite of Van Cliburn. In fact, Mr. Cliburn loved the piano so much that he purchased the piano from Steinway & Sons at the first opportunity. Although Van Cliburn owned many Steinways, this one was played by him as much or more than any in his collection over the years.

To secure a reservation to play Van Cliburn’s piano, email Linda Whitlock at lwhitlock@steinwaypianodc.com or Helen Koo at hkoo@steinwaypianodc.com.

For more information about Van Cliburn, visit:

http://www.cliburn.org/about/van-cliburn/

http://www.steinway.com/news/press-releases/steinway-mourns-passing-of-van-cliburn/

To receive information how to obtain ownership of one of Steinway & Sons special Concert & Arts pianos, contact Linda Whitlock at lwhitlock@steinwaypianodc.com or Helen Koo at hkoo@steinwaypianodc.com.

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National Jukebox Website Launched By Library of Congress with Harry Connick, Jr

Washington DC Music Concert Events

Harry Connick, Jr. playing a Steinway Grand Piano provided for the evening by Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C.. Mr. Connick performed at a ceremony to introduce a new website called the National Jukebox, which offers over 10,000 historic sound recordings for free.

Click here for more information

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Steinway Artist Harry Connick, Jr. and Big Easy Musicians Perform at 2010 Governor's Ball at The White House (February 22nd, 2010)

Steinway Artist Harry Connick, Jr. and his band performed at the concert event 2010 Governor's Ball hosted by President and Mrs. Obama on Sunday evening, February 21. Due to a packed East Room of the White House, the usual piano that occupies the room (a 1938 Steinway Art Case piano) was replaced with a smaller Steinway Model O Grand piano that was provided by Steinway Piano Gallery, Washington, D.C. for the music events.

During the day, Connick, Jr. and his band performed for (and with) a group of Washington-area music students at a preview of the night's concert events led by Mrs. Obama. Prior to the performance, Mrs. Obama paid tribute to Connick, Jr. for his humanitarian efforts in co-founding the Musicians' Village, part of the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity rebuilding effort following Katrina.

Connick, Jr. signed the plate of the Steinway Model O piano on which he performed, and it can be seen at the Steinway Piano Gallery showroom in Tysons Corner Center. The piano will be on display at the gallery through the end of March, and when sold, a donation will be made by Steinway Piano Gallery - Washington, DC to the Musicians' Village charity in honor of Mr. Connick.

Steinway Concert Grand Piano Played at 86th Annual National Tree Lighting Ceremony (December 9th, 2009)

Washington DC Concert Events

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On December 3, 2009, President Obama and a group of world-renowned performers were on hand for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony. In a tradition dating back to 1923, the President was on hand at the Ellipse near the White House to light the tree while bringing a message of peace and hope to the world.

For this year’s music event, a group of talented performers were selected to perform, including Steinway Artist Brad Mehldau, Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow, hip-hop artist Common, country artist Ray LaMontagne, American Idol Jordin Sparks, jazz artist Joshua Redman, and the all-female music ensemble Celtic Woman.

All of the Concert events performers who played piano or had piano accompaniment used a Steinway Model D concert grand piano (identification number CD-381) that is part of Steinway’s famed bank of Concert & Artist pianos stationed around the world at Steinway dealers. The piano was delivered from Steinway Piano Gallery in Washington, DC for the music events and the technicians spent over 9 hours preparing the piano so it would be in perfect playing condition for the performances.

Steinway and the White House have a long and storied history. In 1903, the 100,000th Steinway grand piano was presented to the White House as a gift. It was featured in the East Room of the White House until 1938, when it was replaced by the 300,000th Steinway grand — an Art Case piano with gilt American Eagle supports that is undoubtedly the most famous piano in the White House. The 1938 grand piano is still featured in the East Room (and sometimes in the Entrance Hall) of the White House. The original 1903 grand piano now resides in the Smithsonian Museum.

The next stop for the Steinway concert grand piano used at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It is one of three Steinway grand pianos that are being provided for the Kennedy Center Honors Program, which will be televised on CBS, Tuesday, December 29 at 9 p.m. EST.

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Prior Events

Feb 16th - Ang Li in Concert
Feb 16th - Richard Shin in Concert
Feb 10th - Sunwoo in Concert

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