The IU Auditorium purchased a Steinway Model D concert grand piano to help continue attracting top musicians to perform in Bloomington, according to a Jan. 8 press release.
"This majestic musical instrument — the pinnacle of concert grands — is the overwhelming choice of the world's greatest pianists and for anyone who demands the highest level of musical expression," according to the Steinway website.
Money to purchase the instrument came from Auditorium Board of Advisors members Linda Hunt and Tim Morrison, as well as donations from other members of the board and Circle of Friends members, according to the press release.
The installation of the piano is a big part of the university's commitment to the arts, Hunt said in the release.
"The quality of the instrument will attract world-renowned musicians to perform here and will, no doubt, inspire young musicians to pursue their dreams to someday play on the auditorium stage," Hunt said in the release.
The piano can be heard for the first time Jan. 22 when Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor alongside the Grammy-Award winning Minnesota Orchestra on the auditorium stage.
Tickets for the Minnesota Orchestra at the IU Auditorium are available online with general public tickets starting from $30 and student tickets from $15.