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New piano celebrated in dedication concert

Published: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 10:18 a.m. CST

In September 2012, the Northern Illinois University School of Music began hosting a beautiful Fazioli F278 Concert Grand piano. The piano was previously owned and loved by a retired doctor who purchased it at the age of 85 with the goal of becoming a better pianist.

When he moved, the plan was to bring the 278 to NIU, where it could be used while being prepared for sale. Along the way, faculty and students fell in love with it, and the dean began seeking a donor. Through alumnus Jeff Yordon, a connection was made to the Dr. Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, and the trustees approved NIU’s application for funds to buy the piano.

The School of Music will celebrate the acquisition with a dedication concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building. Faculty and students will play the Fazioli, as well as works for four grand pianos, in a demonstration of the many ways this instrument will be used over the coming decades. The program will include works by Debussy, Gounod, Schumann, Liszt and others, and conclude with a four-piano rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The concert is free, open to the public, and accessible to all. Boutell Memorial Concert Hall is located at 400 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb. For more information, contact Rich Holly at or 815-753-1138.

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