Augustana Campus raises funds for world-class piano
Posted on December 1, 2008 by Tia Lalani
Augustana Campus music professor, Milton Schlosser, who holds a doctorate in piano performance, is spearheading the fundraising efforts.
The trio concert scheduled for January 25, 2009 and featuring Milton Schlosser, piano, Aaron Au, piano, and Tanya Prochazka, cello, has been cancelled due to illness. This concert was to have served as a fundraiser for a new 9-foot New York Steinway at Augustana Campus.
A new fundraiser concert is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm, featuring TRIO VOCE– Patricia Tao, piano, Jasmine Lee, violin, and Marina Hoover, cello. These three outstanding musicians will perform a variety of works, including Antonin Dvo�ák’s “Dumky” Trio , Opus 90, and tangos of Astor Piazzolla.
Tickets are available now at the Augustana Fine Arts Office, Augustana Development Office, and Candler Art Gallery. Tickets prices are $40 each, consisting of a $15 general admission charge and a $25 contribution to the 9-foot Steinway grand piano fund. Tax receipts will be issued. Refreshments will be served after the recital. Augustana and conservatory students are admitted free of charge with proper ID. Get your tickets now – a great stocking stuffer gift idea!
by Kelly Barrett, Camrose Canadian Staff Reporter
Music students at Augustana will soon have the distinct privilege of tinkling the ivories on a world-class, nine foot, New York Steinway Concert Grand piano.
Augustana Campus music professor, Milton Schlosser, who holds a doctorate in piano performance, is spearheading the fundraising efforts and is thrilled at the prospect of the addition of such a magnificent instrument.
“It will be a first for Camrose in terms of size and quality, and will be a benefit to the entire community,” Said Schlosser. “The piano would be used for both teaching and performance, and it would be my hope that it could be used in the new Arts Centre.”
Indeed, the $150,000 Steinway is a world-class piano of the highest quality, with each individual unit requiring up to a full year to handcraft. The Steinway pianos are second to none in terms of sound, touch, beauty and investment, which is why it is the number one choice for concert performers worldwide.
Piano students will have the unique opportunity to have exposure to the refined action and feel of the nine-foot piano, which is the standard within university music departments.
The precedence-setting addition would most certainly be a feather in Camrose’s cap.
“Nowhere else in Alberta does a community this size have four pipe organs and now, a seven foot and a nine foot piano, (let alone a Steinway!) in the same venue.”
Fundraising efforts are now underway to raise the remaining $75,000 of the $150,000 needed. Generous donations from both Augustana and private donors have already comprised the first $75,000.
Dean Roger Epp has worked hard at securing financial support from the university.
Augustana will be hosting a Benefit Recital on Jan. 25, at the Campus Chapel at 3 p.m. Three prominent talents will perform trios from Felix Mendelssohn and Joseph Haydn. They are Professor Milton Schlosser, piano, Aaron Au, violin and Tanya Prochazka, cello. Tickets are $40 with $25 going directly to the piano fund and $15 of each ticket will be used for recital costs.
The concert tickets are a great idea for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. Tickets are on sale now at Candler Art Gallery, Augustana Fine Arts Office, and Augustana Development Office.
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