On a gorgeous August day, local musicians gathered together to celebrate Piano Day. Piano Day was the brain child of highly regarded piano technician Peter Stumpf, who with the help of an enthusiastic team, loaded a Steinway grand piano onto a flatbed trailer and drove it around Pittsburgh. Steinway in tow, the Piano Day Crew made their way to Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities and neighborhoods from Oakland, to Downtown, Mount Washington, and the North Side. All along the way they met up with skilled performers and appreciative audiences. The City of Pittsburgh even joined in the celebration by declaring August 8th Piano Day in Pittsburgh.
The Department of Music was well represented when Stumpf and company parked their Steinway in Oakland’s Schenley Plaza. Jazz Studies doctoral student Irene Monteverde gave a heartfelt performance of three pieces in memory of Geri Allen: "Jitterbug Waltz" by Fats Waller, "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" by Antônio Carlos Jobim, and "Feed the Fire" by Geri Allen.
Ear training instructor and pianist/conductor David Anderson accompanied soprano Jessica Victoria in a selection of operatic favorites, thrilling the audience with renditions of Mozart’s “Exaultate jubilate,” Verdi’s “Sempre libera” from La Traviata, and “Suray surita” by Valcarcel
Piano Day showed that the art of piano playing is alive and well in Pittsburgh!