|For several years the board of the Jamesport Meeting House has seen the need to upgrade our piano to an instrument that would attract world-class musicians. At our annual meeting this winter, the board appointed a committee composed of its musician members to search for a new instrument. Working around restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee searched widely and eventually located a magnificent Yamaha 7’4″ concert grand at the Piano Exchange in Glen Cove.
We sent experts to evaluate the instrument. They reported that it was subtle, delicate, strong in both the low and high ends — and had tremendous power, good action and nice finish. All agreed that it was an excellent concert instrument – besides being in beautiful condition. We believe it was custom made for a private owner who barely used it. When it arrived at the Meeting House in August, the piano movers said it was one of the heaviest instruments they had ever transported. Built in 1967, the Yamaha has been completely restored to “like new” condition. Meeting House board member Peter Susser, who serves on the music faculty of Columbia University, “With this Yamaha grand we now have an instrument that’s is worthy of a wide variety of professional musicians of all types of music.”
In these pandemic times, we were unable to hold a public concert to inaugurate this new piano. Instead, we invited 18 local musicians – both professionals and students – to each play a selection. We filmed each performance at the Meeting House, observing all pandemic restrictions. The result is the wonderful concert can now listen here on the new YouTube channel created for the Jamesport Meeting House.
We’re so excited you will be able to join us virtually! We look forward to the time when we can all attend performances on this magnificent instrument by world class musicians in the Meeting House’s acoustically-blessed space.
If you enjoy this concert, please consider supporting the Meeting House by making a donation at JamesportMeetinghouse.org or the old fashioned way at PO Box 330, Jamesport, NY 11947. Meanwhile, send us your feedback. We are already considering another virtual concert for the Christmas season.