7/25/2008 [Pianos & Keyboards]Piano's classic style, versatility and quality sound praised by performers and audiences alike.
The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.