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complete, a grand piano is made up of over 12,000 individual components from hard rock maple rim to resinous sugar pine ribs, premium wool dampers and hammers and even chip-proof and stain resistant European spruce keys. This majestic instrument stands at almost 9 feet and is truly one the finest pianos you will ever lay your ears upon.

“As a new era dawns for the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and arts in the Niagara region, we are ecstatic to be going into the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre alongside our friends at Steinway & Sons,” notes, Niagara Symphony’s music director Bradley Thachuk. “There could be no better maker of pianos on which our artists will be performing, now and into the future. It will be our distinct honour to be associated with a brand whose very name evokes the highest of artistic standards.”

The Niagara Symphony kick-off their 2015-16 season with two shows in Cairns Recital Hall with the NSO’s artist-in-residence, Stewart Goodyear. This “phenomenon” of a pianist will put our new Steinway Model D to work by enduring through a Beethoven marathon. 14 years of compositions and five piano concerti come together at the hands of Goodyear during Masterworks 1 on October 31 at 6pm and November 1 at 2:30pm.

The NSO’s eclectic season continues with more MASTERWORKS as James Ehnes and his 1715 “Marsick” Stradivarius violin take the lead

through the works of Lau and Mussorgsky in Blaze of Glory, as well their POPS and FAMILY series featuring more special guests and everything from the music of The Beatles, to festive favourites to family movie soundtracks From Neverland to Hogwarts!

“We are living in a time of great promise. The Niagara Symphony Orchestra is devoted to enriching the community through musical excellence, providing youngsters with unique educational opportunities, and above all, inspiring and nurturing residents’ life-long enjoyment of music. We look forward to connecting to a vibrant new arts scene and extend our profound thanks to the visionaries who made this period of expansion possible,” said Candice Turner-Smith, Managing Director.

On Friday December 4, Stewart Goodyear returns to perform Tchaikovsky’s rarely performed, piano rendition of The Nutcracker on our stunning Concert Grand Model D.

“I watched a documentary in which [Chinese pianist] Lang Lang was interviewed. He said that a good piano is like a good actor, sometimes it needs to be like an emperor and sometimes it has to be like a delicate little mouse running around. I had the same experience watching Stewart Goodyear put these five pianos through their paces,” recalls Sherwood.

“All of the pianos sounded great and each had its own personality, but one stood out among them; Number 408. I was thrilled that we agreed separately on this piano - that was a great relief to me.”

The anonymous gift of this glorious piano is truly a gift that will be enjoyed at each and every concert, by every performer and member of the audience. From each whole note down to the tiniest two hundred and fifty-sixth note, we thank you.

- Jordy Yack #FirstOntPAC



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