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TWO Wonderful Gifts to Grace-St. Luke’s Music

TWO Wonderful Gifts to Grace-St. Luke’s Music
Dr. Patrick A. Scott, Director of Music & Organist

Over the past few months, Grace-St. Luke’s has become the home to not one, but TWO brand new pianos: a new Steinway & Sons, Model O piano, which now resides in Trezevant Hall, and a new Boston upright grand piano (built by Steinway & Sons), that lives in the Nave. Two GSL families have graciously supported this entire project after the need became apparent late last year. The old grand piano that lived in Trezevant was not of concert quality and could never be moved to the Nave for various concerts and services where a larger piano is needed. Anyone who was at the 9:30 a.m. formation hour last December when I talked about the wideness of music at GSL will remember a piece of the piano breaking and flying across the floor while I was playing. Likewise, we began discussions for the need of a new upright grand in the Nave, as the one in there was not the appropriate instrument to best serve the needs for that space. Through many conversations and many trips to Amro Music with Debbie Smith and Ollie+, GSL is now proud to have these two wonderful pianos to support the musical life at GSL for generations to come. 

The Steinway grand piano will live in Trezevant Hall because of space limitations in the Nave but will be able to be rolled into the Nave for special events when a grand piano is needed. Previously, a concert quality grand piano would have to be rented for large events such as the Belvedere Festival or various choral concerts. When the grand piano is not needed, we’ll be able to use the new upright grand which serves perfectly for weekly school chapel services, our 5 p.m. contemplative communion services, and when the young choristers sing during morning worship services. The grand piano has already been put to great use in Trezevant for receptions and weekly choral rehearsals. We were using a keyboard because the old grand was too heavy to move around the space. We look forward to more opportunities next season to feature this incredible world-class instrument. 

The old grand piano from Trezevant was repaired and has found a new home down the road at Central Christian Church where it serves as their primary worship instrument. And the smaller upright piano from the Nave has gone to a GSL School family who was taking piano lessons but did not have a piano in their home. 

Save the dates:

  • Sunday, June 12, at 10 a.m. – Trinity Sunday, we will dedicate both instruments in worship that morning. 
  • Monday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. – The Grace-St. Luke’s Friends of Music Guild* presents Chicago-based pianist Brian Locke, who will give a piano concert to dedicate both instruments and will be joined by Memphis Symphony concertmaster Barrie Cooper to present César Franck’s incredible “Sonata in A Major for Piano & Violin.” A reception will follow. 
  • Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Concert of Luna Nova’s annual Belvedere Festival with a reception to follow. 

*For more information or to give to the Grace-St. Luke’s Friends of Music Guild, visit us online at gracestlukes.org/friends-of-music.

Dr. Patrick A. Scott
Director of Music and Organist
901-252-6323 | pscott@gracestlukes.org

 

Posted by Lucy Anne Owens at 15:19