Grand Piano

Jo Ann Koopman, Linda Tinney, Jon Nakamatsu, and Scott Kenison (seated) are shown with new Steinway piano.

A new Steinway concert grand piano has been installed at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore and officially made its debut on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Livermore-Amador Symphony’s Winter Dreams concert. The concert included the familiar “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns, which includes two pianos in the full orchestral score. The new Steinway was one of the two grand pianos used on Saturday.

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who has performed at the Bankhead Theater multiple times, assisted in the selection of the new piano. He played several pieces on five possible pianos. Each was compared and judged on sound and performance quality. The selected Steinway Concert Grand Model D is well-suited to the needs of the Bankhead, which hosts dozens of performances each year requiring the use of a piano, from traditional classical, to rock, jazz, and other musical genres.

This new piano replaces an earlier Steinway model which had seen significant use since 2007 when it was purchased by Jean King as a donation to the newly-opened Bankhead Theater. Given the high level of use and replacement cost, rather than purchase the new piano outright, the lease agreement allows for replacement with a new instrument in seven years.

Initial funding for the new Steinway came from generous donors, Linda Tinney and Ron and Jo Ann Koopman, allowing the piano to be delivered last week. A Bankhead Piano Fund has now been created to raise funds to cover the ongoing costs of the piano lease, tuning and maintenance. For more information on the fund or to make a donation, contact Steve Glavan at 925-583-2304 or sglavan@lvpac.org.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, are home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. Numerous events are presented each year including performances, classes and exhibits, as well as extensive educational outreach in the arts including support for both the East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Band and local high school theater group, Center Stage East Bay.