Snapshots of History 15


This week's snapshot comes from the late 1990s, during the theater's Rose Garden era. It shows some of the orchestra-level seating, along with the band pit, and Steinway Concert Grand piano on stage. This Steinway piano is owned by the Cultural Foundation of Harrison County and is housed at The Waldomore in Clarksburg. The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County has been a vital partner to the Robinson Grand for many years. Most recently, they have played a crucial role in our capital campaign as the steward of our privately raised funds.

Historically, this large and heavy piano was transported from the Waldomore to the Robinson Grand as needed for performances. Although the Waldomore is just down Hewes Avenue from the theater, this trip proved to be challenging for numerous volunteers who were involved in the tedious process. The move also added unnecessary wear to a beautiful and historic piano.

With renovations fully underway, the Capital Campaign for the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center has secured funding to purchase a Steinway Concert Grand piano that will reside permanently at the theater. In addition, it will be housed in a climate-controlled space that was specifically designed for storage of the piano while not in use. The theater is expected to take delivery of the piano in spring of 2018.

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