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Steinway Celebration to Extol UVU’s All-Steinway Status

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August 19, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Barbara Hammond (801) 863-6246
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Tiffany Lieu (801) 863-6737

As a thank you to the community for its ongoing support of Utah Valley University and its newly acquired All-Steinway designation, UVU President and Mrs. Matthew S. Holland invite the public to join them and the University community for the Steinway Celebration on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center.

Performers at the event will include renowned local Steinway artists, The Five Browns, UVU Assistant Professor of Piano and classical contemporary recording artist Hilary Demske, and selections from among other UVU faculty and music students.

After several generous donations totaling more than $1 million, Utah Valley University is now an All-Steinway institution. Becoming an All-Steinway school is a rare benchmark for music programs across the country. The distinction belongs to just a little over 100 schools worldwide. UVU joins this elite group, alongside institutions such as The Julliard School in New York City and Yale School of Music.

“This was a top priority for me during the first months of my administration. Becoming an All-Steinway School reflects UVU’s serious commitment to the arts and music education — a distinguishing mark of any truly great university,” President Holland said. “It is a manifestation of UVU’s pledge to provide the best opportunities and resources for our students.”

Dean of the School of Arts, Patrick Jones, added, “We are delighted to provide our students the opportunity to perform on world-class pianos, as well as to join the community of All-Steinway schools across the country.”

Steinway pianos are known for their distinct sound and tonal clarity, as well as their construction. Each piano takes nearly a year to create and is handcrafted with over 12,000 specific parts, involving over 400 people in the fabrication process.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that practicing and performing on a Steinway piano inspires better music making. When an instrument sounds different, you listen differently and ultimately play differently,” said the Juilliard School-trained Demske. “Being an All-Steinway School means our students will be regularly exposed to instruments that will shape and expand their range of musical possibilities.”

Holland said UVU’s All-Steinway designation would not have been possible without generous contributions from donors Nancy Peery Marriott, Skip Daynes, Beverley Sorenson, Mark and Mary Robinson, Zions Bank, Charles Dahlquist, and the additional support of two anonymous donors. He will publically recognize and thank these individuals and their key roles in the Steinway effort at the Sept. 10 event.

The UVU Steinway Celebration is open to the public, including children ages 12 and over. The event is free of cost, but because of limited seating, the event is ticketed. Tickets can be picked up at Campus Connection in the Sorensen Student Center, or reserved by calling (801) 863-8797.

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