11/25/2014 01:23 PM
BATON ROUGE – On Monday, Dec. 1, George Rodrigue Studios will donate 15 Steinway practice pianos – a total value of $125,000 – to the LSU School of Music, part of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts.
The pianos will be unveiled in a ceremony that will include brief remarks from representatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and LSU and a performance by Kana Ishii, a student in the LSU School of Music, who will play the iconic “Blue Dog Piano.”
The event will take place at noon at the LSU School of Music building, located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Infirmary Road.
Speakers will include Jacques Rodrigue, executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts; LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts Dean Todd Queen; and Steven Kinchen of Hall Piano Company. Individual media interview opportunities will be available upon request.
In September 2014, Rodrigue Studios unveiled a posthumous print, “Take Five,” that combined the iconic Blue Dog with the lush landscape of Louisiana and rich musical heritage of the LSU School of Music. Proceeds from the sale of these limited-edition prints helped purchase 15 Steinway-brand practice pianos, valued at $125,000 for the LSU School of Music. Hall Piano Company, based in Metairie, La., also provided financial support for the purchase. Additional funds raised from print sales supports the arts-in-education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts around Louisiana. The remaining Take Five prints are available for purchase at Rodrigue Studios online at www.georgerodrigue.com.
“Dad was a huge supporter of the arts and education, and we are so proud to partner with the LSU School of Music to continue his legacy,” said Jacques Rodrigue.
The new practice pianos will be available to students enrolled in LSU’s award-winning School of Music.
“The piano is the only instrument that every music major uses daily,” Queen said. “The support of friends and organizations like the Rodrigue Foundation has helped build an eight-decade long tradition of fine arts education at LSU, and this piano donation helps us to build on that legacy.”
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization advocating the importance of the arts in the development of youth. The foundation encourages the use of art within all curriculums and supports a variety of art educational programs such as Louisiana A+ Schools, an annual Art Contest & Scholarship program and George’s Art Closet. For more information, visit www.georgerodriguefoundation.org.
The LSU School of Music offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive academic programs with degrees from bachelors through doctorate, as well as numerous performance opportunities on campus and in the community. LSU faculty and graduates are nationally and internationally acclaimed as performers, educators and researchers. LSU has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931. Learn more about the LSU School of Music at http://music.lsu.edu.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014