Yamaha S6: The Grand Piano of Choice at Discriminating New York City Venues

7/25/2008 [Pianos & Keyboards]

Piano's classic style, versatility and quality sound praised by performers and audiences alike.

BUENA PARK, Calif. — The Yamaha S6 grand piano continues to garner praise from artists at some of the most prestigious listening rooms in Manhattan. And it's no wonder: the S6's classic size, versatility, full wonderful sound, concert-quality features, and robust action offer intimate venues an acoustic presence normally associated with significant concert halls.

The Algonquin Hotel
The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel
Yamaha is the official piano of the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Yamaha S6 is integral to its popular "Harlem in the Himalayas" series. "This year, the Yamaha S6 will also be used for classical concerts and a singer-songwriter series," says Tim McHenry, producer. "Noted jazz pianist and author Kenny Werner recently participated in our series about meditation. He played the S6 and conducted an interesting piano conversation about music as a meditation device." Jazz pianist Bill Mays, who performed with his trio in March, says, "I especially loved the feel of the instrument. It was very well regulated and had a nice touch. The sound was beautiful, mellow, in that space."

Christ & St. Stephen's Church, near Lincoln Center, is a 250-seat venue for concerts, master classes, auditions, rehearsals, recitals and arts forums. Lee Compton, director of concerts, says, "The Yamaha S6 is used primarily for concerts, as well as for occasional church programs, and it's really a godsend. The S6 has broadened the appeal and attraction of our space. Orchestras from all over the country and artists who want to premier new works find this a lovely space for acoustic and chamber music."

This season's concert schedule includes The Marilyn Horne Foundation; Collegiate Chorale; Bloomingdale School of Music; NYSMTA District 2; New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra; and North South Consonance, an ensemble founded by pianist Max Lifchitz and celebrating its 28th concert season at the church. "The Yamaha S6 has enough brilliance and power for the space, and it sounds like a nine-foot grand piano," says Lifchitz. "Its timbre is very nice, the voicing is good, and the action is very smooth. When accompanying another instrument, the sound is very easy to control and very even across the range."

The Algonquin Hotel
The Algonquin Hotel
The Algonquin Hotel is a fabled NYC landmark that has attracted luminaries for over a century. Its legendary Oak Room Cabaret, re-opened in 1980 and dubbed "New York's Best Cabaret" by New York Magazine, has launched the careers of Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, Michael Feinstein and Peter Cincotti.

Today, Oak Room cognoscenti enjoy hearing the Yamaha S6 played by such musicians as Billy Stritch, Maude Maggart (with pianists John Boswell and Lanny Myers), Steve Ross, Karen Akers (with Don Rebic, piano), Barbara Carroll and Telarc recording artist, Tony DeSare.

"The Yamaha S6 is very dynamic," says DeSare, named "Best Male Engagement in NYC" by Backstage. "In The Oak Room, you hear the detail of everything, more than most rooms, and the result is a very special and unique experience for performers and audience. It's a beautiful showcase for the piano, not only because of the history of the room but also because the acoustics stress the organic nature of the instrument. I played with the top off and it looked really cool: people could see the soundboard and strings, and the sound filled the room nicely."

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622, telephone (714) 522-9011, or e-mail infostation@yamaha.com.

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