Jacobs Music Company, an acoustic and digital piano retailer, has been selected by Steinway & Sons to help promote global peace and raise funds for children in need through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) by hosting the "Peace Piano" tour.
Jacobs Music, the exclusive dealer representative of Steinway & Sons for the Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region, was the first to be selected as a host for the Peace Piano because of its reputation, dedication and contributions to the music community. The Peace Piano was inspired by the historic Steinway concert grand piano created for the 1939 World's Fair. The original piano, designed by famed 20th century art deco designer Walter Dorwin Teague, is now housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Peace Piano features a unique design that reflects its dedication to world peace, including a hand-carved dove grasping an olive branch, a gold-painted lower apron adorned with 63 stars and 195 flags representing the countries and territories in which UNICEF has a presence.
Throughout the month of October, Jacobs Music will bring the Peace Piano to music lovers throughout the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys through a wealth of musical activities and performances. Many of the area's most talented child pianists will have the opportunity to perform on the piano onstage during a "Play for Peace" Perform-a-thon at such venues as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Trenton War Memorial, Rutgers University and Moravian College.
The Peace Piano will make its official debut in Philadelphia on October 1st, 2004 at the Curtis Institute of Music as part of the celebration of Curtis' 80th anniversary. In addition to spending the month of October in the Philadelphia area, the Peace Piano will visit other cities in the U.S., including New York and Boston, as well as major cities in Europe, Africa and Asia. Proceeds from the events associated with the Peace Piano will benefit UNICEF.