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Piano technicians plan a public celebration of the restoration of an instrument

Members of the San Francisco chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild, posing with their latest project
Members of the San Francisco chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild, posing with their latest project
courtesy of Frank French

Since April of 2010, members of the San Francisco chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild have been holding monthly meetings to restore a Baldwin Model L grand piano. The instrument had been given to the chapter by the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Work took place in the Moriarty Hall of the St. Anne of the Sunset Catholic Church. This restoration project not only provided an opportunity for a regular gathering of local technicians but also a valuable training tool for younger members in the early stages of learning the craft.

The project is now nearing completion. An “official opening” has been planned, and the general public is invited. This instrument will be available to the San Francisco community for concerts, recitals, and other musical events. The opening ceremony will include the screening of the film A Piano Reborn. This documentary will show and explain the many steps that went into the restoration and will include interviews with the participants. At the conclusion of the program, pianists in the audience will be invited to try out the instrument.

This program will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, in Moriarty Hall. The church is located at 850 Judah Street near the northeast corner of Funston Street and across the street from a Muni stop on the N line. The event is free and open to the general public. Those wishing further information may contact Frank French at 415-731-8611.