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Steinway & UVic: High-Tech Meets Tradition

March 12, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Drop by the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall for piano masterclasses and demonstrations of Steinway’s SPIRIO|r, the world’s finest high-resolution player piano capable of live performance capture and playback. The SPIRIO|r uses an iPad to record performances, correct mistakes, and play back the perfect version on the piano itself. The instrument can also play performances recorded in Steinway’s own studio, with all the subtleties of a live concert.

In the main lobby, the School of Music will have a special display of parts from a deconstructed piano shipped directly from the Steinway factory in New York City. Learn more about the inner workings of a Steinway by getting a closer look at the mechanisms that technicians and piano rebuilders are often only privy to. Guided virtual reality tours of the NYC Steinway factory will also be available in the lobby and light refreshments will be served.

2:30 PM – Learn about the SPIRIO|r in a demonstration with Graham Blank, Piano Division Manager of Tom Lee Music
3 PM – Open piano masterclass with Eva Solar-Kinderman
4-6:30 PM – Enjoy an afternoon of music as School of Music students experience, play and record on the SPIRIO|r

The UVic School of Music became Canada’s very first all-Steinway school in 2008 when we acquired 63 new Steinway pianos — 49 uprights for practice rooms and faculty offices, 13 grand pianos for the teaching faculty and rehearsal halls, and a Steinway Concert Grand for the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. Our students, faculty, guest performers and concert goers have been appreciating the beauty and quality of these incredible instruments ever since.

Proceeds from this celebration will benefit our Steinway Legacy Fund, dedicated to the enhancement and expansion of our valuable family of instruments. Donate online.

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March 12, 2020
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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School of Music, University of Victoria
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Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada
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