Friday, August 8, 2014

A grand performance at pavilion

Famed French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs on the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s new Steinway grand piano Wednesday evening to a full house at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Last fall, an anonymous donor made an unsolicited lead gift to the symphony, encouraging the organization to raise other matching gifts and acquire the finest piano it could find. Almost immediately, six other donors joined the list and Thibaudet hand-picked a Concert Grand Model D, crafted by hand at two Steinway factories, in New York City and Hamburg, Germany. On Wednesday, Thibaudet and the full orchestra performed Saint-Saëns’ “Concerto No. 5 in 5 Major for Piano,” a piece selected in part to showcase the range of the instrument, and Ravel’s “Rapsodie espagnole.”
Express photo by Roland Lane

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