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Sept. 29, 2010

Old Capitol comes alive with the sound of music Oct. 3

University of Iowa music faculty Alan Huckleberry and Uriel Tsachor will kick off the Old Capitol Museum's 5th annual "Piano Sundays" concert series with a free public concert Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m. Held in the museum's Senate Chamber, the concert features a restored 1878 Steinway.

"Piano Sundays is a popular event which brings UI faculty, students, staff and community members together in a historic setting to enjoy free and live music," said Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum's education and outreach coordinator. "The Old Capitol Museum is honored to showcase our unique Steinway in partnership with the School of Music for the Iowa City-area community."

Huckleberry, assistant professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts in the UI School of Music, will perform Mozart's 12 Variations on "Ah vous diraij-je, Maman" K265 and Sonata in Bb major K333: I. Allegro, II. Andante cantabile, and III. Allegretto grazioso. For more information see

Tsachor is a Steinway Artist and heads the piano area in the UI School of Music. He will perform Robert Schumann's Romanze in F Sharp Major op. 28/2 and Intermezzo in E Flat Minor op. 26; and Franz Schubert's Sonata in A Major D. 664: I. Allegro moderato, II. Andante, and III. Allegro. For more information see

The opening concert is the first in a series that runs throughout the academic year. Upcoming fall concerts include a graduate student recital on Nov. 7 and a showcase on Dec. 5. All concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Capitol Museum's Senate Chamber and are free and open to the public.

West Music Company in Coralville restored Old Capitol's 1878 Steinway, which features burled-rosewood carved legs and satin finish. Restorations included a new soundboard, pin block, tuning pins, strings, dampers, hammers, action parts and the replacement of some of the pedal lyre. The piano was acquired in the fall of 2006. In addition to this gift-in-kind donation, Stephen L. West, president of West Music, has again provided the funding for the 2010-11 "Piano Sundays" concert series.

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum, visit or call 319-335-0548.

The UI School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0546,; Writer: Brett Janecek