School of Music Welcomes New 9' Steinway to Ward Hall
On September 24, 2012, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music unveiled a brand new nine-foot concert grand piano in Ward Recital Hall. The Steinway D model was chosen from among many in Steinway's New York showroom by Dean Wagstaff, Dr. Kaltchev, Dr. Fitenko, and piano technician Tom Wright. The instrument is noted for its even touch and beautiful resonance. It has a high-gloss finish, and is the first in Washington, D.C. with this finish made by Steinway.
President Garvey was on hand for the unveiling ceremony, as well as several other members of the CUA community. Fr. Jude blessed the instrument, and piano faculty and students gave a short concert of various works that showcased the talent CUA has on campus to a packed audience of members of the CUA community.
The piano division announced the innauguration of a piano concert series, to be played by guest artists, faculty, alumni from the School of Music, as well as piano majors. The series will include a piano gala which is scheduled for November.
Dr. Kaltchev says, "We can now say that we have an instrument that is not only one of the best pianos in Washington, but also an instrument that matches the exceptional talent of our students, and the quality of training that the faculty offers at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music."
Witticism by Jonathan Kirby BM'16 student in composition. Premiered at the Inaugural Piano Gala December 2, 2012.