PEORIA COUNTY (WEEK) – Area music lovers have a new benefactor – local developer Kim Blickenstaff just invested in some serious pianos for area facilities for all to hear.
Jenny Parkhurst, executive director of performing arts for Blickenstaff’s KDB Group and George Stelluto, music director and conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, traveled to Astoria, Queens, New York City for a private tour of the factory where Steinway & Sons pianos have been made by hand since 1853, according to a press release.
They returned to Peoria with two of them: a 7-foot Steinway Onyx Duet for The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in the Heights and a 9-foot Concert Grand piano for the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria.
The piano at the Betty Jayne is described as having an all-ebony finish on the exterior with French Rosewood on the underside of the lid and inner rim, complete with a silver harp.
The piano for the Scottish Rite is made of black ebony with a gold harp.
The cost for both pianos? $325,000.
“It’s an investment in the community,” Blickenstaff said. For the kids of Peoria to sit down and try their hands at a Steinway, It’s like playing Carnegie Hall – I want them to feel that.”
“Let ‘em rip.”