The Arrival of the Grand Piano

 Penny Burke, the Center’s former executive director, oversees installation of the piano in the Flex space. Dick Damon, tuner and piano mover, is in the background to Penny’s right.

Penny Burke, the Center’s former executive director, oversees installation of the piano in the Flex space. Dick Damon, tuner and piano mover, is in the background to Penny’s right.

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“It’s a miracle,” Penny said, after seeing the grand for the first time in five years. For all that time it has been in the Sullivan Building, the Center’s former home. “We stored it in 2013 expecting to leave it there for only two years. It’s been five years. It’s a miracle we’re all still alive to see it back where it belongs.”

Penny said she didn’t know the original provenance of the Mason & Hamlin AA Grand Piano. “It was before my time,” she said.

The 6’-1” piano “is the equal of the greatest pianos in the world,” said Dick Damon, who orchestrated the move and then spent two hours tuning it. “Steinway is better known, but Mason & Hamlin is just as good.”

Celebrated jazz singer Karrin Allyson, performing Friday, November 2 will have the honor of playing the grand for the first time in the Flex.