Recently I did some major repairs to the Yamaha grand in Vermont Public Radio’s Performance Studio. Classical Music Host Cheryl Willoughby chronicled the whole process of restringing the piano from start to finish in her 8-part video, photo and sound blogs. Cheryl expertly interviewed me as we went along and fellow classical music host Joe Goetz demonstrated his talents at the keyboard as the project progressed.
Here are the first 3 espisodes. View all 8 videos on Vermont Public Radios Blogger site: vprblog.blogspot.com
There you’ll see the latest and final installment (March 3, 2011) and all the rest. Many thanks to Cheryl and Joe for their enthusiastic and comprehensive coverage of this project!
And definitely listen to VPR Classical for live studio performance featuring this piano at 90.9 FM in the greater Burlington area or listen live on the internet at www.vpr.net
The restoration of the piano in UVM's Alumni house is the largest restoration project I have ever done. This is just one part of huge undertaking to restore the Wells House at 61 Summit Ave. in Burlington to become the future site of the Alumni House and Pavilion. The original house was gifted in 1926 to UVM to be used as the home of the Delta Psi fraternity.
The fine 1926 Mason & Hamlin grand piano was a major part of this gift as well. Unfortunately the piano and interior of the house suffered abuse throughout the years and alas the fraternity was disbanded and the house shuttered.
In the last decade a decision was made to return the property to its original splendor and I was brought in to examine the piano. Upon seeing it I was shocked to think that people could render such abuse to an instrument and the luxurious interior of this venerable mansion.
It took a while to set the project into motion while pleas went out to private donors to fund the restoration. In spite of a few hiccups along the way all the money was finally raised from generous UVM Alumni.