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Frederic Chiu to unveil UMW's renovated piano

UMW News Bureau

Internationally acclaimed pianist Frederic Chiu will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Montana Western’s Beier Auditorium to showcase the university’s newly renovated 1952 Steinway Model B piano. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="169" caption="The 1952 Steinway Model B"]_MG_4741[/caption] Internationally acclaimed pianist Frederic Chiu will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Montana Western’s Beier Auditorium to showcase the university’s newly renovated 1952 Steinway Model B piano. The performance is presented by the Dillon Concert Association and is sponsored by Ken Hunt, Judy Wilson, Eric Hammer and Sandra McIntyre. Western Montana College (now the University of Montana Western) purchased the piano on July 23, 1952 for $3,600. A new Steinway Model B can run as much as $80,000. Through the University of Montana Western Foundation, two anonymous donors provided approximately $20,000.00 for the interior restoration and shipping expense of the renovation, which was performed by Boise, Idaho’s Dunkley Music. For an additional cost of $6,200.00, Dunkley Music also refinished the outside of the piano. Donations from the Dillon Concert Association, its board members, and community members covered the refinishing expense. The renovated piano made its return to Montana Western on Sept. 21, 2009. The performance will be Frederic Chiu’s second appearance at Montana Western. He has played with the Dayton Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the China National Symphony to name a few. His repertoire includes the complete work of Prokofiev as well as popular classics of Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Rossini. Chiu says he strives to perform in places where classical music is rarely heard, working with children through concerts and lectures for schools. For information about membership to the Dillon Concert Association, please call Chris Kloker at 683-6481 or Craig Simonsen at 683-3696. Individual tickets for the Frederic Chiu concert and the entire concert series can be purchased at the door.

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