To welcome home its newly rebuilt Steinway B piano, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church will launch its Parish House Music Series Tuesday.
Rebecca Davy, director of music, said the church bought the piano thanks to a grant from the E.K. Sloane Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and a bequest from former church member John Matherne.
Davy said the piano the church previously used belonged to the Williamsburg Music Club and needed expensive repairs.
“It’s also a smaller instrument, and Lewis Hall is a bigger space with carpet ,so we needed a meatier sound in order to make better music in that space,” Davy said.
Davy said the new piano will allow the church to have more concerts and events such as the Parish House Music Series.
“We have 130-plus concerts at the church but there’s no piano there, so that limits the repertoire we can do there, and here in Lewis Hall, having a piano opens up a tremendous amount of literature, especially from the 19th century, that can never be performed at the church,” Davy said.
The first Parish House Music Series concert will feature “Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52” by Johannes Brahms and other Germanic songs from the 1800s, according to Davy.
“So all 19th-century romantic music for voices and piano.”
Want to go?
The first concert will be 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, 331 W. Duke of Gloucester St. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the concert series and future events at the church, visit brutonparish.org.
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