Monday, March 31, 2014

Wall Street Journal: 'Artis Wodehouse practices her harmonium'; MELODEON: Marti Newland April 6 in 'Masters of the Harmonium', 1393 York Ave., NYC

Soprano Marti Newland

Artis Wodehouse practices her harmonium at her home in the Bronx; she will perform for the public on Sunday.  (Photo: Corinne Ramey)
Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Pulling Out the Stops to Revive Keyboard Relics

Pianist Has Nearly a Dozen Antique Instruments; Concert Planned for Sunday

The pianist Artis Wodehouse collects keyboard instruments that history left behind. Since finding her passion in 2000, Ms. Wodehouse has acquired nearly a dozen antique keyboard instruments—from Craigslist, eBay and other sources. 

Klavierhaus Pleyel

1903 Mustel Art Harmonium

Artis Wodehouse writes:

Dear Musicians and Colleagues,

I'm especially excited to let you know that Klavierhaus of NYC has agreed to loan us their beautiful 1890 Art Case Pleyel grand piano for our Sunday, April 6th, 2014 "Masters of the Harmonium " concert to be held at Church of the Epiphany, 74th and York Avenue, NYC at 4 p.m.   Pianist Andrew Sun will be performing on it in harmonium and piano duos by Saint-Saens and Guilmant. I will be playing my 1903 Mustel Art harmonium. 

Klavierhaus's Pleyel grand piano represents a uniquely French sound-world that was quite familiar to Saint-Saens, Guilmant, Debussy and Ravel. It will be a most fitting partner to my 1903 French Mustel Art Harmonium.

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