Upcoming Projects

On August 1 at 11a.m. radio station KPBX (spokanepublicradio.org) in Spokane, WA broadcast “The Piano Bench” with Jim Tevenan featuring pianists Jody Graves and Greg Presley playing the Blüthner as well as interviewing Ken about the restoration.  If you would like to listen to the podcast you can copy this address and paste it into your browser:     http://www.tinyurl.com/y87j2cwf

On August 6, 2017 a concert entitled: “Reintroducing the State Capitol’s Historic Moldenhauer Grand Piano” is to be held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium.   Presented by Bentside Arts in cooperation with the State Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee and restored by Ken Eschete, the ‪3 pm‬ concert is free and open to the public. A section has been reserved for public officials and leaders in the arts community. Remaining seats will be available on a first come basis.

The piano was a gift to the State of Washington from the estate of one of Spokane’s most famous musicians, Dr. Hans Moldenhauer, in 1990. The piano accompanied Moldenhauer to the United States from Germany in 1938. He brought it to Spokane in 1939 where he completed his formal music education and opened the Spokane Conservatory. While teaching music in Spokane, he amassed the very important Moldenhauer Archives, an internationally recognized collection of autograph music manuscripts, letters and documents spanning ‪the 12th to the 20th‬centuries.

The restoration was funded by the State Legislature and supported by the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee, established to promote and encourage the recovery and preservation of the historic furnishings of the State Capitol. The piano will be returning to its place in the Capitol Reception Room following this concert in Spokane.

Ms Jackie Wood will play the Blüthner piano. The program of solo piano, duos and trios will also feature Dr. Amy Dodds, violin and Dr. Sally Singer, cello. All three are faculty members at Whitman College in Walla Walla.

The program will begin with the first movement (from Brahms “Trio in B Major, op. 8″), and close with “Primavera Porteña” from Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”.  The program will include Piazzolla’s “Oblivion”. Piano and violin duos will include “Up the Ocklawah” by Marion Bauer, “Oberek No. 2” and “Cradle Song” by Grażyna Bacewicz, and “Beau Soir,” Debussy-Heifetz. The cello and piano works include the Rachmaninoff “Andante” from his cello sonata. Ms Woods’ solo will be Prelude Op.11, No. 1, a haunting piece by little-known 19th century Russian composer Anatoly Liadov.

This concert is being presented at no taxpayer expense. It is funded through the generosity of Mary Moldenhauer.