SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The City Springs Performing Arts Center has bought a Steinway Model D concert grand piano to be used for performances in the Byers Theatre.
This purchase was made possible by a generous gift from Sandy Springs residents David and Sarah McKenney. The nine-foot Steinway Model D is the flagship model of the world-renowned Steinway & Sons piano company and is widely regarded as the finest concert piano in the world. The selected piano is valued at $143,000.
Because Steinway pianos are largely handmade from mostly natural materials such as wood and felt, each instrument has a unique personality. A pianist can recognize these differences and understands the nuances of sound production and the performance demands of different genres and venues. For these reasons, selecting a piano is an art-form all its own.
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The McKenney’s and a representative from City Springs traveled to the Steinway Factory in Queens, New York ,in mid-March to select the piano for Byers Theatre. To ensure that the best piano was chosen, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, an internationally-acclaimed, New York-based pianist, accompanied the group and played five different pianos before the final selection was made.
"The visit to the Steinway Factory to participate in the selection of a new concert grand piano was a superb educational experience for us," said David McKenney. "What a feeling of satisfaction that gave us, and a memory we will always cherish! We are sure that our musical mothers and grandmothers would have been as delighted with the process and with the legacy gift as we are."
The Performing Arts Center at City Springs will host a wide variety of events, engaging all aspects of the community across all demographics and generations. Performances will include all traditional performing arts disciplines (music, dance, theater), popular entertainment in a variety of genres, film, lectures, variety shows, comedy acts, and family-oriented programming.
With a focus on arts education, the PAC will engage students of all ages in activities ranging from classroom-based instruction to immersive, hands-on experiences. The facility will also be home to a variety of non-performance events, including parties, galas, meetings, conferences, and corporate events.
Photo: Seated from left to right are Simone Dinnerstein, Susie Hines, Sarah McKenney. Standing from left to right are David McKenney and David Daly, director of programming at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center Photo credit: Ike Van Meter (Steinway)