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VA Governor's Mansion 1830s Spinet Piano Nominated as one of
"Top 10 Endangered Artifacts in Virginia"
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR - August 10, 2010) – The Virginia Association of Museums has announced a contest involving “Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.”
From now until August 29, 2012, individuals around the Commonwealth will be able to vote online for a selection of various historic items in an effort to “create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in care at museums, libraries and archives throughout the commonwealth and in the District of Columbia.”
Among the top 10 artifacts nominated this year is the 1830s Spinet Piano owned by Governor James Barbour, displayed in the Ladies Parlor at the Virginia Governor’s Mansion.
Governor Barbour was the 18th governor of Virginia, but was the first of fifty-four governors to live in the Executive Mansion. The Spinet Piano’s importance is understood as it is one of only three items at the Executive Mansion that previously belonged to a Virginia governor.To read the rest of the story.
Our Music Education Center is now taking enrollment applications for our Fall/Winter Session. With a large staff of degreed instructors we can offer convenient lesson days and times to suit your schedule. Whether your interest is piano, voice, violin or guitar we have an instructor to help you learn and build your musical talent. Fall Semester runs from Tuesday, September 3 to Saturday, December 21, 2013. Call today for more information: 804-346-2828.
Did you know, in addition to having the largest piano showroom in Virginia, Richmond Piano also offers piano moving and climate-controlled piano storage. Call or email us today for a free moving quote.
Has your piano been tuned lately? Acoustic pianos should be tuned twice a year . . . how long has it been for your piano? We can arrange a tuning appointment to fit your schedule. Call today - get that piano ready for the upcoming holidays!
From the New York Times, Thursday, May 17, 2012
For Sale: The Practice Piano That Made Van Cliburn Perfect
By JAMES BARRON
Van Cliburn, the acclaimed pianist, is auctioning off the piano that he grew up playing in Texas.
Van Cliburn was reminiscing about No. 157754.
“My practice piano,” he said.
Not anymore. No. 157754, the 100-year-old Steinway concert grand that he grew up on, is — temporarily — at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, where it is to be sold on Thursday, along with furniture and china he collected over the years.
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Our Music Education Center is growing! Tired of driving from lesson to lesson?Looking for a position in a fast-growing school with its own recital hall and soundproof booths? Give us a call. Our Music School Administrator takes care of all the details - scheduling, contacts, billing, and organization - so our teachers can focus on teaching. In addition to Piano, we offer guitar, voice and violin lessons.
Now Accepting Music Students!
Watch this wonderful video by Mr. Nicassio "Coz" Johnson. We are deeply saddened by his passing in 2011.
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Richmond Piano started with piano rebuilding and tuning when Doug Wurz founded the company 37 years ago. Just as people steer clear of the dentist — if it isn’t bothering me, why go? — pianos often suffer from a hands-off approach. Prevention is the key, says sales manager Charles Garrison. “Temperature change knocks it out of tune most of all.”
Well, who would've thought it? All these years we humans have been playing the piano with ten fingers when apparently 19 are needed to do it properly.Italian Matteo Suzzi has created a piano-playing robot which, claims the inventor, can play the instrument faster than any human. The robot, called Teotronica, also has video-camera eyes which enable it to make sense of its surroundings, and even interact with its audience. Its design is, however, rather crude, with large tennis-ball eyes and facial expressions that seem to depend purely on the position of its eyebrows, though there's no doubting its piano skills. Teotronica, which took four years to make at a cost of about $4,700, can play any tune you like, its 34-year-old creator told the Daily Mail. "I've always had a passion for robots and robotics. I was really excited when I discovered you could create an independent robot that could play any tune or composition," he said. Although the likes of Chopin and Beethoven seemed to do just fine with ten fingers, Matteo claims Teotronica's extra ones make the robot that little bit more special. He explains: "Having 19 fingers gives the robot a better execution speed, making him faster than a human." That's all well and good for an original composition, but it's unlikely too many people will be able to enjoy Moonlight Sonata played at three times the normal speed. Then again, perhaps Teotronica could tour the world as a kind of novelty act, playing all the great piano pieces at a speed that might leave Elton John wondering if he should have some new digits surgically attached. Matteo has high hopes for his invention. "He's performed at a number of private parties and is a hit with the guests. We're hoping he can revolutionise the music industry," he said.
See what's in store for you when you study piano, voice, violin or guitar at Richmond Piano. Join our family of over 300 students and see why they love to study music at our Music Education Center.
Richmond Piano recently made a special acquision of seven beautiful Steinways. Rarely will you find such a wide range of instruments. Please see our Preowned Pianos page for more information. If you are not on our mailing list, please use our Contact Us link to be included in this special offer.
Technology meets the classics. We can outfit your piano with a player system by PianoDisc that can be driven by your iPod or an iPad. You've got to see it - and hear it - to believe it. Yes, these small devices play any piano fitted with a PianoDisc System with this capabililty. "Amazing," is what our customers say. And if that isn't cool enough, your new piano can be fitted with Sync-A-Vision so you not only HEAR your piano being played, but you can WATCH the artist on your TV with a DVD synced to his performance. Stop by our showroom for a demonstration - we even have a DVD of Bugs Bunny playing Franz Liszt. A must-see.
This promotion is over, but everyone enjoyed the pictures so much we thought we'd keep them up on the site for awhile. The copy read: On the heels of the highly successful government plan, Richmond Piano has initiated their own version of Cash for Clunkers. Our hope is to revitalize the economy while at the same time get all those old, inefficent and unplayed instruments out of basements and garages around the area. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Stop by our showroom for details.
Richmond Piano provides pianos for many local performances including choral events, theatrical events, and festivals. If you arts and cultural events in Richmond, chances are good you've heard a piano from Richmond Piano. Read about some of the cool events where you could see our pianos.