New piano celebrated in concert

DeKALB – In September 2012, the Northern Illinois University School of Music began hosting a beautiful Fazioli F278 Concert Grand piano. It was 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, Oct. 11, 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 ways this instrument will be used. The concert is free, open to the public and accessible to all. The concert hall is at 400 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb. For more information, contact Rich Holly at or 815-753-1138.

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