Music students performed opera works at Nashville Steinway Gallery

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Lipscomb University’s Department of Music offered a unique opportunity to hear piano duets and quartets from famous operas at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 4285 Sidco Drive, Nashville, on Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m.

The performance was an outgrowth of a partnership between Lipscomb and Steinway as the university strives to become an all-Steinway school. As part of that partnership, university piano students and Lipscomb’s Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair in Piano Jerome Reed were featured in a video, produced by the local NBC affiliate WSMV, about the value Steinway pianos bring to music programs.

For a sneak peek of Friday’s performers, check out the video HERE. It features five Lipscomb students who performed on Friday: Jeru Jorguenson, Joy Baxter, Jared Young, Mason Hills and Justin Bowen. Kevin Floyd, Emily Weigel and Linley Griffin also performed.

The Steinway performance included works from famous operas for four hands and two pianos, eight hands and four pianos, from "Fidelio," "Magic Flute," "Don Giovanni," "Faust," "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Carmen."

Thanks to generous donors, the university purchased a concert grand Steinway piano for Ward Hall in October 2007. Since then, the department of music, within the College of Arts and Sciences, has added a second Steinway piano in a Wenger rehearsal room (a room that can replicate the acoustic conditions of performance venues) devoted to use by student piano majors. A third Steinway was purchased for the stage in Collins Alumni Auditorium and has since been used in a performance by the Nashville Symphony.

Reed, the primary professor for piano majors, has performed extensively in the U.S., South America and Europe, appearing in such venues as the Mendelssohnhaus in Leipzig, Germany; the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria; and the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels. His work has been broadcast over U.S., German and Australian public radio stations.

For additional information, contact the Department of Music at 1-800-333-4358, ext. 5932 or (615) 966-5932.