New London — Nearly instantly after Man Fishman performed the final observe of the prelude from Bach’s Suite No. 1 for unaccompanied cello, the bell of an Amtrak prepare coming by means of New London sounded.
This was the small draw back to filming a live performance on the Customized Home Maritime Museum.
The upside was the background and pure gentle of the second-floor Lucille M. Showalter Lecture Gallery, which is devoted to the story of the Amistad and has home windows dealing with the Thames River.
The Connecticut Early Music Society started its filming with the solo cello efficiency, however the raison d’être for the live performance — which can be accessible for viewing as a digital profit for $65 — was the 1814 sq. piano in the course of the room.
The piano is not truly sq., however has a rectangular case with a shorter keyboard than seen on fashionable pianos.
It is the fifth and latest one on the Maritime Museum, and the method of discovering a everlasting dwelling for the piano was a number of years within the making.
Aymeric Dupré la Tour, music director on the museum and a pianist, defined how he turned conscious of this explicit piano. He received a name from a girl named Mary Keith, who had attended concert events he had given in North Stonington, the place the historic society has two sq. pianos.
This sq. piano belonged to Keith’s sister, who tasked Keith with discovering the piano a house at a nonprofit that might use it for fundraising. Dupré la Tour stated Keith referred to as a number of universities trying to donate the piano and so they all declined.
He famous that the Yale Assortment of Musical Devices, for instance, already has a group of sq. pianos in authentic situation, whereas this one had been restored. The difficulty was that “the restoration that had been executed was not traditionally respectful,” he stated: Somebody had put in fashionable piano pins and thick strings.
Dupré la Tour stated he satisfied Keith to have the property donate cash towards a brand new restoration, “as a result of I used to be satisfied with out that, nobody would settle for that.” He instructed grasp piano technician Ken Huebner, whom he had labored with earlier than.
Huebner did analysis to search out correct strings and he options this piano on his web site, huebnerpianoservice.com.
Susan Tamulevich, govt course of the Customized Home Maritime Museum, was delighted when Huebner discovered writing beneath one of many keys. She posted pictures on the New London Maritime Society Fb web page, facebook.com/nlmaritime, asking for enter from scriveners on what the names say.
Tamulevich stated the Connecticut Early Music Society initially was speculated to have a live performance on the museum final June. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled.
However when the society officers heard concerning the piano, “they may not include themselves with pleasure,” Tamulevich stated.
Ian Watson, inventive director for the Connecticut Early Music Society, stated the purpose of the group is to current outdated music utilizing the devices of the interval, “that if the composer walked into the room, they’d acknowledge the instrument and the sound.”
“We wish to make the music come alive in that means, turn into a dwelling entity, and I feel Susan feels the identical means concerning the museum, that it must be a dwelling, respiration place,” Watson stated.
He performed the sq. piano on Saturday, whereas Renee Hemsing performed the viola and Susanna Ogata performed the violin. The society introduced in three videographers who have been filming with 4 cameras.
These all for watching the efficiency, and a dialog between Watson and Tamulevich, should buy tickets at ctearlymusic.org for $65 per family. The proceeds can be break up between the Connecticut Early Music Society and the New London Maritime Society, which operates the museum.
A hyperlink can be supplied to ticketholders previous to the digital occasion time, which is 3 p.m. April 18, and the video can be accessible for viewing till Could 10.