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Steinway Spirio High-Resolution Player Piano Makes Area Debut at Princeton Festival Gala on April 22

Princeton Festival Gala-Goers Get to Hear All the Nuances of a Major Artist’s Live Performance on a Self-Playing Piano

PRINCETON, NJ (April 17, 2017) – This year’s Princeton Festival Gala will go beyond its usual helping of fun, good food, dancing, and auctions to include a demonstration of the new Steinway Spirio piano, a breakthrough in technology that accurately recreates live performances in the listener’s own living room.

The Gala takes place on Saturday, April 22 at 6 pm at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville. Cocktails-only and full dinner reservations can be made at http://princetonfestival.org/event/2017-gala/ until April 20.

Jacobs Music, the area’s exclusive Steinway dealer and a long-time supporter of the Festival and its piano competition will demonstrate the Steinway Spirio during the cocktail hour. This will be the first local public demonstration of the new instrument.

“Listening to the Spirio is an uncanny experience,” said Richard Tang Yuk, General and Artistic Director of The Princeton Festival. “There’s nothing mechanical about it – you could swear it was a live person playing the music.”

Spirio owners can access music from Bach to Billy Joel, currently totaling more than 1700 selections, captured from the playing of Steinway artists. The system registers over 1,000 measurements of speed on every keystroke plus 200 pedal positions per second. The result is a “you-are-there” concert experience. The instrument can also be played like a normal piano. More information is at http://steinway.com/spirio.

The Princeton Festival’s 13th season of performances across the genres of opera, Broadway musicals, jazz, dance, choral music and more runs from June 3 to June 25. Complete information and a link to ticket sales are at www.princetonfestival.org.

Second Part of Student Art Exhibition Set at RVCC Gallery


Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present the RVCC Student Art Exhibition, Part II, from April 13-28, in the Art Gallery at the College’s Branchburg campus.


An opening reception will be held at the Art Gallery on Thursday, April 13, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


The wide variety of work included in the exhibition was created by RVCC students and selected by faculty members from the Visual & Performing Arts Department. Part II will feature an array of media from the following disciplines: 3D design, sculpture, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, digital media, sound, and video. The show is being coordinated by Darren McManus, RVCC Art Gallery coordinator and full-time instructor in the VAPA Department.


Gallery hours for the exhibition are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m. The Art Gallery will not open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. For further information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department at 908-218-8876 or visit www.raritanval.edu/vapaevents. To see additional student work, visit the VAPA Department blog at http://www.rvccstudentgallery.weebly.com/


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu. 

The Fleeting Moment at Art Times Two

Abstract Expressionist painting communicates emotional charge and formal intrigue, and with it a subtle sense of the present and fleeting moment. Three artists working in the Princeton area today are represented in the show The Fleeting Moment opening at Art Times Two, the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine. Joy Barth, Fran Eber and Pat Maritn work with a mix of materials and a variety of techniques. Pouring, attaching, layering paint on sand, plaster or digital prints, each artist responds intuitively to the present moment, engaging in a dialogue with their work. Each artist refers in their work to nature and to their response to it. Each artist works in that unique space within themselves that shepards unconscious feelings and ideas into physical activity and the resolution of their paintings.

Research pertinent to this venue has shown how art positively affects patients, their caregivers, and their families in a medical environment. It has been shown that art referring to nature has been the most powerful in changing the thoughts and feelings - the anxieties and stresses - of those individuals. This conscious and sometimes unconscious process has been an important goal of the art program at Art Times Two, the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine.

The show opens with a reception on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8 pm, and is open to the public. After that date, the show can be seen upon appointment during office off hours; call the curator Madelaine Shellaby at 609 203 4622. The show will run for six months, ending in Novermber.