Morehead Piano Debut
July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 1827, Eliza and John Motley Morehead made a fine acquisition for their new home, Blandwood – a Loud & Brothers pianoforte from Philadelphia. After spending 170 years apart from Blandwood, the instrument has returned home, fully restored and conserved through the generosity of Jim Schenck. As the home entertainment center of the nineteenth century, the pianoforte was at the heart of family gatherings and social occasions where young ladies demonstrated their musical accomplishments to the delight and often with the participation of family and friends. Help us celebrate the return of this treasure with an intimate performance of chamber music from the early nineteenth century. This limited-seating event will highlight the playing of pianist Andrew Willis, a Professor of Music at UNCG with recognized expertise in performance on historic pianos, along with his students Stephanie Schmidt and Robin Morace, who have garnered praise as historical pianists in their own right. Their program features solos and duets ranging from the classical to the popular music of the day and offers the rare opportunity to hear the music of Blandwood’s heyday on a historic pianoforte in its original setting.