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October 2004: The “Peace Piano”

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Students from LFM Studio participated in the "Peace Piano" event at the Kimmel Center on Saturday morning, October 23, 2004 at 10:00 am, to raise funds for the humanitarian outreach of UNICEF...

Jacobs Music Company was selected by Steinway and Sons to help promote global peace and raise funds for children in need through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by hosting the “Peace Piano”.

The “Peace Piano” was inspired by the historic Steinway Concert Grand piano created for the 1939 World’s Fair. The original piano, designed by famed 2oth century Art Deco designer Walter Dorwin Teague is now housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

The “Peace Piano” is a recreation of this historic Steinway Concert Grand. It is the second instrument produced as part of Steinway and Sons’ legendary collection, a campaign to recreate Steinway and Sons’ most historically significant pianos.

The design of the Steinway “Peace Piano” is, however, slightly different from its predecessor. In keeping with the theme of peace, on the case of the piano, directly above each leg is a hand-carved dove, grasping an olive branch. The lower apron of the piano is adorned with sixty-three stars. There are 195 flags of the nations of the world depicted around the bottom edge of the piano. The thirty-five flags across the front of the piano represent donor nations, such as the United States, Great Britain, and other European countries that are aiding in the relief effort on UNICEF’s behalf.

Throughout the month of October 2004, Jacobs Music brought the “Peace Piano” to music lovers throughout the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys, through a wealth of musical activities and performances. Many of the area’s most talented young pianists had the opportunity to perform on stage during a “play for peace perform-a-thon” at such venues as The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Curtis Institute of Music and others.

The event gave children an opportunity to perform on the historic “Peace Piano” as well as an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to children in desperate need around the globe.

UNICEF is non-partisan, and its outreach is free from discrimination. In everything UNICEF does, the most disadvantaged children from the countries in greatest need are given priority.

LFM Piano Studio enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity
to contribute to this humanitarian effort,
and raised in excess of $3000.00 for UNICEF...

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