Louis K. Meisel is vice chair of Concert Artist’s Guild, and on the boards of Pro Musicis, and Pianofest. He is the Classical Music Curator of the Parrish Museum in Watermill Southampton where he presents eight classical recitals each year, four in May and four in October. He represents, presents, promotes and assists Classical Musicians in their careers pro bono. Louis and Susan Meisel present 15 to 30 concerts and recitals a year both in their Loft and gallery, as well as at concert halls in New York city and vicinity while inventing new venues for the Classical discipline.
Ariana Grinblat is the Director of Publicity for Louis K. Meisel Gallery's concert series. At the age of 15, she signed a record deal with Sony Music Russia and earned her first two Russian Grammys at the age of 16. She went on to collect a total of six Russian Grammys, three Song of the Year Awards and an MTV Europe Music Award’s nomination for Best Russian Act. She now lives in New York City and continues to write, record and perform around the globe. Having studied the piano from an early age, Grinblat is passionate about the role classical music has played in her life and career. In 2014, she partnered with Louis K. Meisel to host a salon series from her restaurant in SoHo and continues to assist the concerts at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery.
This Steinway Centennial Rosewood Concert Grand is owned by Louis K. Meisel and is located in the gallery for concert use.
This particular Steinway Centennial, serial number 34906, was built in March 1876 with the Steinway foundry casting date of March 5, 1876 on the plate and a workman's signature on the side of key 88 dated Marz '76. The instrument has an extra heavy plate and the extra third section capo d'astro bar made under C.F. Theodore Steinway's supervision early in 1876. It became known as the Centennial after being exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and winning the gold medal.
This instrument comes with the original purchase document and was acquired by the present owner from the great-grandson of the original owner. The instrument has the original ebony sharps and flawless, very thick (1/16 inch) one piece ivories. The original action is meticulously restored with 20 pound hammers, made by Norbert Abel. The Centennial is the first fully modern piano with string tensions greater than the current mass-produced Concert Grand that initially went into production after 1877. Its fundamental sustainability and power, through all registers, is unsurpassed.
In his authoritative book, Pianos and Their Makers, Alfred Dolge discusses the Steinway Centennial Rosewood Concert Grand. He points out how Theodore Steinway through his friendship with Helmholtz and other scientists was inspired by their research to make the breakthrough design which lead to this innovative piano.
Ouverture by Nadejda Vlaeva
Fourtissmio "Music by the Glass" presented by Louis K. Meisel
Albert Lavignac "Galop Marche (one piano, eight hands)"
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