Steinway Encore: a Musical Benefit

Gerald Simcoe, a Lehigh Valley musician and painter, hosted the 2009 At-Home Steinway Series concert in his home in October. Playing Simcoe accompanied opera singer Christina Lamberti on his Steinway concert grand piano. Photo by John Kish IV

A crisp autumn afternoon and the lovely, hilltop home of a local artist-musician were the backdrop for the most recent At-Home Steinway Series event.

Host Gerald Simcoe treated alumni and other friends of the Moravian College Department of Music to a concert of Baroque music performed on his Waterloo Village Steinway concert grand piano and a Eric Herz-Hasse model harpsichord. Soprano Christina Lamberti sang.

Sponsored by the Moravian College Music Alliance, the At-Home Steinway Series raises funds to furnish the department with new Steinway & Sons pianos, which are valued for their tone, action, and workmanship. Through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and the Moravian College Music Alliance, twelve new Steinway pianos now grace Moravian stages, practice rooms, and faculty studios. The At-Home Steinway Series was inaugurated in 2005 to help the Moravian College Music Department become an all-Steinway facility. The annual event showcases the heirloom pianos and concert instruments inside some of the Lehigh Valley’s finest homes.

Carol Traupman-Carr, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of music, Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, Richard Button, campaign director, and Sylvia Doyle, director of corporate and donor relations, attended.