Music Forum: A live-streamed musical evening with Dr Robert Taub and American journalist James Barron
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Join our final Music Forum of the season, a live-streamed musical evening featuring performance and informal conversation with Dr Robert Taub, Music Director at The Arts Institute, and guest James Barron, New York Times reporter and author of Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand.

Live from New York, James will join a collaborative presentation with Robert to show us how a Steinway piano is made – starting with the wood in the lumbar yard and ending with the finished product on the concert platform. James and Robert will also discuss and demonstrate ways in which subtle adjustments to a piano can maximise its individuality and performance capabilities. 

As part of this evening you are also invited to participate in a live Q&A session with the speakers. 

Date: 9 April 2021
Time: 19:30-20:30
Free to access online – Book your place.

This event will be live-streamed via YouTube Live. Once you have booked your place you will receive a link to access this event online, please join via the link provided 5 minutes before the event begins. 

If you have any queries or require any additional information about attending this online event please do not hesitate to contact The Arts Institute team.

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Learn more about Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand by James Barron

In this captivating narrative, James Barron of The New York Times tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument. Barron follows that brand-new piano-known by its number, K0862-on its eleven-month journey through the Steinway factory, where time-honored manufacturing methods vie with modern-day industrial efficiency. He looks over the shoulders of men and women-some second- and third-generation employees, some recently arrived immigrants-who transform wood and steel into a concert grand. Together, they carry on the traditions begun more than 150 years ago by the immigrants who founded Steinway & Sons-a family that soared to prominence in the music world and, for a while, in New York City's political and economic life. 

Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand, James Barron, 2000

Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand, James Barron, 2000

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