Sonata Coda: An Exhibition of Keyboard Instruments at the Freeport Art Museum

By: From the Freeport Museum
By: From the Freeport Museum
At Friday’s GraceWay Recovery Residence benefit concert, Chuck Leavell will be the latest in a long line of musical artists to twinkle the ivories on this Steinway & Sons grand piano at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

At Friday’s GraceWay Recovery Residence benefit concert, Chuck Leavell will be the latest in a long line of musical artists to twinkle the ivories on this Steinway & Sons grand piano at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The Freeport Art Museum is excited to host a special exhibition on the history of the piano and keyboard instruments from April 2- April 30, 2011.

The Sonata Coda exhibition is a partnership of the Freeport Art Museum, Stephenson County Historical Society and the Freeport Community Concert Association. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view 15 original pianos and keyboard instruments from 1790 to present day, seeing and hearing how both the instruments and the sound have changed over time. Imagine being able to hear a Mozart concerto played on the same style of piano he composed it on!

Special tours of the exhibition, led by piano expert and historian Steve Misener, will be available daily Monday through Friday at 3 PM and 7 PM for the general public, at 9 AM and 11 AM for school tours. Saturday tours are available at 12 PM and 3 PM. While General Admission to the Museum is free, tours ost $10/person and are by reservation only.

Please RSVP to the Freeport Art Museum by phone at 815-235-9755 or email at info@freeportartmuseum.org. For groups of 20 or more, special pricing and packages are available.

“When the Stephenson County Historical Society contacted us about partnering to bring this exhibition to Freeport, we could not resist such an extraordinary opportunity. Not only will this bring a national-caliber exhibition to Freeport and attract visitors from across Illinois, but it demonstrates how music can transcend boundaries of race, ethnicity, age and gender to bring them together,” says Jennifer Kirker Priest, Executive Director of the Freeport Art Museum.


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