Feb. 27 Noon Concert debuts vintage piano
Music faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside have a magnificent new instrument on which to learn and perform. A vintage 1955 Steinway grand piano, donated by Peter Tillema, debuts during the university's Noon Concert Wednesday, Feb. 27, with the first performance by Music Professor Dr. James McKeever. The concert takes place in the acoustically perfect Frances Bedford Concert of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
Chancellor Ford will accept the donation at approximately 12:30 p.m. following the concert.
The piano was selected at the Steinway factory for Peter Tillema's father, pianist Ralph Tillema. It was signed at the time by the company's owner, Henry Z. Steinway. Dr. McKeever will welcome the piano to its new home by performing works by Rachmaninoff and Ralph Tillema.
"I was raised to appreciate good music," Peter Tillema said during an interview for a university publication. A frequent guest at the Noon Concerts and evening performances, Tillema finds much to appreciate at these performances. "I am so amazed at the high quality of music being presented by the faculty, students, and outside professionals."
Dr. McKeever calls Peter Tillema a "great friend" and "constant supporter" of the music department.The Noon Concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the UW-Parkside Music Department, call 262-595-2457.