Friends of Sangamon Auditorium, UIS present
Dinner with Marvin Hamlisch
A fundraising event for restoration and conservation of the Steinway pianos of Sangamon Auditorium
Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner, which will include a brief, private concert by Mr. Hamlisch.
Date: Friday, September 14, 2007
Place: Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center, UIS
Time: 5:00 p.m. – Cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres
5:45 p.m. – Dinner and private performance by guest of honor Marvin Hamlisch
8 p.m. – Sangamon Auditorium main stage concert by Marvin Hamlisch (concert tickets available at additional ticket cost)
Attire: Black tie optional
This exclusive dinner is a fundraising event in support of needed Steinway piano refurbishment and ongoing maintenance.
Sangamon Auditorium Steinway Pianos
Steinway pianos are magnificent instruments and are important fixtures of any performing arts center.
Sangamon Auditorium is proud to own two of these treasured instruments. Over the years artist and groups like Marvin Hamlisch, The Ahn Trio, Byron Janis, Count Baise, as well as many, many more, have performed on the Sangamon Auditorium Steinway pianos. Owning such quality instruments helps attract the highest levels of professional talent.
The design and workmanship which are part of a Steinway piano endow it with extraordinary capabilities as a musical instrument. To get the most out of it, periodic adjustment and refurbishing are required. As with any fine instrument, periodic adjustments and refurbishing are costly procedures, but well worth the investment.
There are three basic steps in maintaining the sound of a Steinway piano: tuning, which brings the piano back to pitch: voicing, which affects the piano's tone, or quality of sound: and regulating, which is adjustment of the action mechanism and affects the touch of the piano.
It is also important to guarantee that a Steinway piano is properly stored between performances. Sangamon Auditorium is currently under going a year long study regulating the storage areas of our Steinway pianos. It might be discovered that the pianos would benefit from being stored is climate controlled piano garages, which will also require funding for their construction.
Sangamon Auditorium owns two Steinway pianos, one of which is the Robert A. Baker memorial piano.