Special Piano Dedication Concert - Not to be Missed!


Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.

In September 2012, the NIU School of Music began to host a beautiful Fazioli F278 Concert Grand.  The 278 was previously owned and loved by a retired doctor who purchased it with the goal of becoming a better pianist - at age 85! Declining health necessitated moving to his son's condo in Chicago, but there was no way to get the piano into the apartment. Pianoforte Chicago, which originally sold him the 278, agreed to take it back in trade for a smaller new Fazioli. The plan was to bring the 278 out to NIU, where it could be used while being prepared for sale. However, along the way faculty and students fell in love with it, and Dean Holly began seeking a donor. Through NIU alumnus Jeff Yordon, a connection was made to the Dr. Agnes Varis Charitable Trust (*see below), and the trustees approved our application for funds to purchase this amazing piano.

Please join us in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 pm, as we celebrate this gift with a dedication concert.  Faculty and students will play the Fazioli, as well as works for four grand pianos (including our Steinway Model D, Schimmel K280, and a Yamaha CFIII), in a fitting demonstration of the many ways this instrument will be used over the coming decades.  One of the Varis trustees will be present at the concert.  Let's fill every seat and express our appreciation for their generous gift in memory of a woman who loved the arts.

NIU has joined an elite group of schools of music with a Fazioli. On Homecoming weekend, we can all enjoy this wonderful concert. It will be webcast for those who cannot make the trip, but we hope to see you in Boutell!


 Waltz from Faust                               Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

                                                            arr. Renaud de Vilback (1829-1884)

William Goldenberg, JeongSoo Kim, William Koehler, Yao Lin

Andaluza                                            Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Autumn Moon, Peaceful Lake            Lu Wen (1898-1881)

                                                           arr. Chen Pei-Xun (b. 1921)

Clair de lune                                       Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Tango Brasileiro "Odeon"                  Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)

William Goldenberg

Evening Song of a Fishing Boat         Chinese Traditional Folk

                                                           arr. Wang Jian Zhong (b. 1933)

Widmung (Dedication)                       Robert Schumann (1788-1866)

                                                           arr. Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Yao Lin

Ballet from Orfeo ed Euridice            Christoph Willibald von Glück (1714-1787)

                                                            arr. Greg Anderson (b. 1981)

William Goldenberg, Yao Lin

From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 64    Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

      V. “Silent Woods“

      I. “In the Spinning House”

William Koehler, John Novak

Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty,       Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Op. 66                                                 arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff  (1873-1943)

JeongSoo Kim, William Koehler

The Stars and Stripes Forever             John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

                                                            arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)

William Goldenberg, JeongSoo Kim, William Koehler, Yao Lin

*About Dr. Agnes Varis

Dr. Agnes Varis (1930-2011) believed that philanthropy uplifts both the individual and the community. A legendary business leader, Dr. Varis co-founded Marsam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Aegis Pharmaceuticals, both generic pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Varis and her husband supported the arts, especially music, which they both believed "belonged to the people." During her lifetime, Dr. Varis donated over $30 million to various arts programs, many at the Metropolitan Opera and the Jazz Foundation of America. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, she built the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Rehearsal and Recording Studio, one of the largest recording studios in New York City.  In 2010 Dr.Varis was appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. Upon her death, on July 29, 2011, members in both the United States Senate and the Congress publicly recognized her achievements in business and philanthropy and thanked her for her service to the people of her country.

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