Concert to Celebrate All-Steinway School Achievement

October 28, 2022 | Events, News, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Angela Riddel



The University of Toledo Department of Music will celebrate its recent achievement of obtaining the prestigious title of an All-Steinway School with a free concert on Sunday, Nov. 6.

UToledo has been striving for this goal for nearly two decades and is proud to celebrate its accomplishment of placing Steinway pianos in every practice room, faculty studio, and performance space on campus.

Joining less than 300 schools worldwide, the Department of Music is demonstrating a commitment to excellence by providing its students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music.

“Thanks to the vision of former department chair, Raymond Marchionni, the department began this initiative in 2002, and since then has worked tirelessly to accomplish this goal,” said Dr. Jason Stumbo, interim chair of the Department of Music. “With the assistance and support of our donors and administration, we are finally able to say we are All-Steinway – guaranteeing that all our music students and faculty will practice and perform on the best pianos in the world.”

Male student wearing blue suit plays a Steinway piano on the Recital Hall stage

Gabriel Hagedorn, a graduate student pursuing a master of music in performance, plays a Steinway piano in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The department will celebrate this honor with a special free concert, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in the UToledo Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Representatives from Steinway & Sons will be at the concert to officially present the All-Steinway School designation.

Performers at the concert will include UToledo students, recent alumni and current and former UToledo faculty, including Dr. Michael Boyd and Frances Renzi. The following repertoire will be performed:

•  “Overture to The Magic Flute,” Mozart;
•  “Hoe Down,” Copland;
•  “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” Copland;
•  “The Serpent’s Kiss Rag,” Bolcom;
•  “Andante from Suite #2, Rachmaninoff;
•  “La Valse,” Ravel;
•  “Porgy and Bess Fantasy,” Gershwin;
•  “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Sousa; and
•  “Ride of the Valkyries,” Wagner.

The concert is free and open to the public but requires an advanced RSVP by visiting utoledo.tix.com.

Event parking is free for the event in Area 12, located across from the Center for Performing Arts. Metered spaces at the front of the lot require payment.

The All-Steinway School initiative was made possible through the generosity of UToledo donors and friends. T0 support this initiative further, visit the UToledo Foundation’s website.

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