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URI to host piano sale

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Proceeds to benefit customers and University

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 1, 2005 -- Whether youíre a professional musician or simply like to tickle the ivories, if youíre in the market for a piano, circle March 17, 18, and 19 on your calendar. Thatís when the University of Rhode Islandís Music Department, in a special agreement with M. Steinert & Sons of Boston, will host its second piano sale. Not only will purchasers get a discounted price, URI will a get percentage of the net proceeds, which can be applied to the music departmentís next piano purchase.

Steinert is the exclusive dealer of Steinway pianos, considered by some to be the Rolls Royce of the 88 keys set. (There are no Steinway dealers in Rhode Island.)

Thirty to 40 new Steinway, Boston, and Kohler and Campbell pianos will be brought to URIís Kingston campus for the sale and displayed in its Fine Arts Center. The cost of pianos will range from $3,000 to $100,000 and will be offered at prices that cannot be duplicated. Parents or grandparents of budding Van Cliburns may also be interested in this sale. The first sale held at URI two years ago earned enough to help the Music Department purchase a seven-foot Boston grand piano, which is used exclusively for practice by piano majors.

Alumni donors and friends of the University who may not want to buy a piano for themselves can still take advantage of the sale by purchasing a piano for URI at an institutional discounted price.

As a special bonus, anyone who buys a piano will receive two complimentary tickets to a music event of their choice.

The pianos will be shown by appointment only on March 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A public sale will be held on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of delivery is included in the price. Checks and credit cards will be accepted. Since the sale is being held during the Universityís spring break, parking in the nearby Fine Arts parking lot will be ample.

To make an appointment, please call 401-874-4083 anytime after March 1.