3rd & 4th July 2009
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Funding has been secured from the Australia Council and Arts Queensland to arrange for Queensland-born International Pianist, Piers Lane, to perform at a Gala Recital to introduce the Steinway Concert Grand Piano to the people of Far North Queensland, especially residents of the Cassowary Coast Region. (This piano was purchased from Theme and Variations, after the piano in the Innisfail Shire Hall was badly damaged in Cyclone Larry.) The repair and refurbishment of this heritage listed Art Deco Hall has only just been completed. The Cassowary Coast Regional Council is facilitating the recital to which Piers Lane has agreed to perform on the Saturday, 4th July, 2009 with an addition of master class on the 3rd. An added attraction in inviting Piers is that, as a teenager, he played his first concerto publicly in Innisfail with the orchestra playing for the operas. His mother and grandparents were former residents of Innisfail who will be known by some residents of the Shire. This local connection will certainly influence the audience.
This Steinway was purchased by the Johnstone Shire Council when the former grand piano was badly damaged during Cyclone Larry. The Johnstone Shire Council has since been amalgamated with the Cardwell Shire Council and the combined area is now known as the Cassowary Coast Regional Council. The Innisfail Shire Hall which housed the previous grand piano was also very badly damaged so that, by the time it is re-opened in July 2009, the hall will have been out of use for the three years since Cyclone Larry.
This is only the second Steinway Grand to be installed at a public venue in Far North Queensland. The only other similar piano in the Far North is in Townsville, 280 kms to the south of Innisfail. Cairns, an hour’s drive to the north of here, has no piano of this quality.
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music based in Townsville has graciously agreed to mentor this project and to help showcase Innisfail’s Shire Hall and Steinway Grand D piano cultural facility. The recital planned will tell people in North Queensland that the Steinway piano is now a fact. While the programme for the 4th July, 2009 is in the classical area, top artists in classical, jazz and/or popular music will be welcomed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
The Steinway Experience
Innisfail, North Queensland
8:00pm Saturday 4th July, 2009
Bookings through Larsen’s Newsagency – P: (07) 4061 1028