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Monday, April 29, 2013

Billy Joel Plays the Rodrigue Steinway

We were so honored to have the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, stop by our Foundation Education Center in New Orleans in order to play and sign the Rodrigue Steinway on April 25, 2013!

Mr. Joel was in town to play for thousands at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  The piano, donated by the Hall Piano Company in New Orleans, is slated to be sold to the highest bidder, with half of the proceeds going to the LSU School of Music and the other half to GRFA.

Using a 1913 Steinway Model A grand piano as his canvas, George Rodrigue donated his talent in creating this piece.  It is a genuine Steinway, having been fully restored to Steinway & Sons standards by certified Steinway technicians.  It will be used as a concert and performance piece to generate interest in and funds for the needs of the LSU School of Music.

Watch a short video of his performance here.  Thank you again to Billy Joel for taking the time to support GRFA and the LSU School of Music!

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