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WVU seeks All Steinway School status

By Judy Hamilton
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Jon and Vicki Cavendish are hosting a concert at their home to benefit the WVU College of Creative Arts efforts to become an All-Steinway School.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jon and Vicki Cavendish are determined to do their part to help West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts in their quest to become an All-Steinway School.

"Steinway pianos are the best in the world," said Jon Cavendish. "Most people who play concert music for a living use a Steinway piano. WVU is joining the ranks of a lot of schools in the U.S. by becoming an All-Steinway School. It's a big undertaking. It takes $2 million to $2.5 dollars to do that. This is a long-term fundraising project."

Two years ago, Paul Kreider, dean of the WVU College of Creative Arts, began the initiative called "All Keyed Up," which is sponsored through the WVU Foundation in conjunction with Steinway Piano Gallery Pittsburgh, the regional representative for Steinway & Sons. Their goal is to join other major universities that use Steinway pianos exclusively.

The Cavendishs will be hosting "An Autumn Steinway Event" at their home, 207 52nd St. SE, from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 1.

"WVU has a very good department of music. We are having a concert featuring their artist in residence, Peter Amstutz.  He's playing my wife's 7-foot concert grand Steinway piano. She is a piano teacher," Cavendish said.

Michael Ibrahim on saxophone and Mikylah McTeer on violin, both faculty members of the WVU School of Music, will accompany Amstutz.

"Our place seats 70 to 75 people. We are hoping we can fill the house to benefit this," Cavendish said.

The event has a $100 per person minimum donation. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

For more information, contact Jon or Vicki Cavendish at 304-925-1990.

Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamilton@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.


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