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Stuarts donate new grand piano to WC

Stuart donation photo

Thanks to the generosity of Richard and Nancy Stuart, Weatherford College has a beautiful new Steinway & Sons grand piano.

The 7-foot Model B comes with Spirio R player technology, which gives the piano live performance capture and playback capabilities. WC is the second higher education institution in the state of Texas to own an instrument with this groundbreaking technology.

“Richard and Nancy Stuart are longtime friends and supporters of Weatherford College,” said Bob Glenn, WC Foundation president. “Their latest donation to our All-Steinway Initiative is so greatly appreciated and will enhance the educational experience of our fine arts students for many years in the future.”

The instrument made its debut on the Marjorie Black Alkek Theatre stage Friday night as Dr. Hyeyoung Song, WC’s master pianist, led a trio celebrating the 200th birthday of piano prodigy and composer Clara Schumann.

The WC Foundation officially launched its All-Steinway Institution campaign in March, and officials say they are very close to meeting their goal.

“We needed nine pianos to become All-Steinway, and thanks to donors like the Stuarts, we are almost there,” said Brent Baker, executive director of the foundation. “In addition to the new grand, the Stuarts’ gift is also helping to fund a new Steinway K52 upright for practice purposes. Several other donors have made additional practice pianos possible as well. And we’ll have other exciting announcements soon. This has been a wonderful project for our sesquicentennial year.”